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Most Secular: 845th Nudest: 1,420th Most Scientifically Advanced: 3,138th
The Fascist Swamp of
Father Knows Best State
God's only mistake was anime
Shrek from Shrek 2
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Lessoni

Population1.223 billion

CapitalThe Swamp
LeaderShrek from Shrek 2
FaithThe Swamp

CurrencyBitcoin
AnimalBee

The Fascist Swamp of Lessoni is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Shrek from Shrek 2 with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.223 billion Lessonians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Swamp. The average income tax rate is 78.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lessonian economy, worth 205 trillion Bitcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 168,204 Bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Classes are regularly interrupted by drunken children, the Lessoni Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise, politicians have tenure, and the "fire department" is often called to remove offensive religious texts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lessoni's national animal is the Bee, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Swamp.

Lessoni is ranked 39,332nd in the world and 23rd in The Allied Republic for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 646.41 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Secular: 845thNudest: 1,420thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 3,138thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,373rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,797thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,027thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,467thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,713thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 9,261stLargest Governments: 9,785thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,550thLowest Crime Rates: 10,668thMost Developed: 10,743rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,765thMost Efficient Economies: 11,188thSmartest Citizens: 11,196thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,584thHighest Drug Use: 12,833rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,549thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,985thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,246thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,442nd
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Nudest: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lessoni, the "fire department" is often called to remove offensive religious texts.
  • : Following new legislation in Lessoni, politicians have tenure.
  • : Following new legislation in Lessoni, the Lessoni Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise.
  • : Following new legislation in Lessoni, classes are regularly interrupted by drunken children.
  • : Lessoni was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Lessoni, extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary.
  • : Following new legislation in Lessoni, many friends and relatives of Shrek from Shrek 2 have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Lessoni, bars are packed at all hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Lessoni, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in Lessoni, visions of giant pink Bees are a common side effect after Lessonians eat their meals.

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