by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 305thHighest Crime Rates: 646thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 926th
The Free Land of
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Population23.866 billion

Currencygyanese dollar

The Free Land of Lethem is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 23.866 billion Lethemians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Lethemian economy, worth a remarkable 3,703 trillion gyanese dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 155,166 gyanese dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,424,165 per year while the poor average 1,772, a ratio of 803 to 1.

Thousands of children die every day from easily curable illnesses, prominent cultural symbols are featured on the backs of cereal boxes, most academic research has ground to a halt, and the explosive fireball of the disintegrating space shuttle has devastated Cape Lethem. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Lethem's national animal is the lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Lethem is ranked 240,114th in the world and 143rd in Middle Earth for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring -11.4 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 305thHighest Crime Rates: 646thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 926thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,079thMost Armed: 1,140thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,156thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,420thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,494thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,545thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,606thFattest Citizens: 1,962ndMost Avoided: 2,146thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,244thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,509thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,782ndHighest Economic Output: 3,338thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,472ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,315thRudest Citizens: 4,322ndLargest Populations: 4,658thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,949thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,628thNudest: 10,176thLargest Retail Industry: 10,366thLargest Mining Sector: 10,721stTop
Highest Average Incomes: 12,909thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,924thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,476thMost Pro-Market: 15,184thMost Politically Free: 17,854thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,920thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,470thMost Extreme: 19,923rdMost Efficient Economies: 20,531stMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,615thLargest Publishing Industry: 20,689thLargest Black Market: 21,394thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23,352nd
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionMost Extreme: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12th in the region

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