by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 275thHighest Crime Rates: 668thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 905th
The Free Land of
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Population24.757 billion

Currencygyanese dollar

The Free Land of Lethem is a gargantuan, efficient nation, notable for its keen interest in outer space, rampant corporate plagiarism, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 24.757 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 3,841 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 214,849th in the world and 136th in Middle Earth for Longest Average Lifespans, with 26.71 years.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 275thHighest Crime Rates: 668thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 905thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,017thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,122ndMost Avoided: 1,195thMost Armed: 1,208thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,415thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,498thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,532ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,556thFattest Citizens: 1,986thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,221stHighest Drug Use: 2,619thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,775thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,146thHighest Economic Output: 3,362ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,228thRudest Citizens: 4,297thLargest Populations: 4,574thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,592ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,400thNudest: 9,735thLargest Retail Industry: 9,878thLargest Mining Sector: 10,173rdTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 12,202ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,089thHighest Average Incomes: 13,126thMost Pro-Market: 13,914thMost Politically Free: 16,405thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,264thMost Extreme: 18,376thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,186thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,063rdMost Efficient Economies: 20,208thLargest Black Market: 20,636thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,254thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,333rd
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Extreme: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the region

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