by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 307thHighest Crime Rates: 641stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 902nd
The Free Land of
it is true, i'm afraid
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Population23.342 billion

Currencygyanese dollar

The Free Land of Lethem is a gargantuan, efficient nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, complete lack of public education, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 23.342 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 3,621 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 52,350th in the world and 29th in Middle Earth for Most Corrupt Governments, with 23.32 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 307thHighest Crime Rates: 641stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 902ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,071stMost Armed: 1,121stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,146thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,417thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,463rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,468thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,618thFattest Citizens: 1,888thMost Avoided: 2,086thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,250thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,456thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,757thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,277thHighest Economic Output: 3,304thRudest Citizens: 3,988thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,187thLargest Populations: 4,687thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,752ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,413thLargest Retail Industry: 9,994thNudest: 10,223rdLargest Mining Sector: 10,435thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 12,762ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,924thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,931stMost Pro-Market: 14,790thMost Politically Free: 17,470thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,119thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,744thMost Extreme: 20,041stLargest Black Market: 20,346thMost Efficient Economies: 20,433rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,044thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,333rd
Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the region

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