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Largest Publishing Industry: 292nd Largest Cheese Export Sector: 378th Most Influential: 388th
The Crystal leth dealing cabal of
New York Times Democracy
Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum
Malcolm Mason
Regional Influence
Supreme Chancellor & Nethel's Alter Ego
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Crystal leth dealing cabal of Lethen is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Malcolm Mason with a fair hand, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, anti-smoking policies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 23.54 billion Lethenians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The minute government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, although Healthcare is also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arnhelm. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Lethenian economy, worth a remarkable 5,582 trillion Golden Farbs a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 237,160 Golden Farbs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy', government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities, and nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Lethen's national animal is the penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Masonic love fest.

Lethen is ranked 21,289th in the world and 169th in Europeia for Highest Drug Use, scoring 99.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Largest Publishing Industry: 292ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 378thMost Influential: 388thMost Rebellious Youth: 515thHighest Economic Output: 783rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 871stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 935thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 939thLargest Information Technology Sector: 953rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,174thHealthiest Citizens: 1,177thSmartest Citizens: 1,224thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,332ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,379thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,406thTop
Most Cultured: 1,848thLargest Populations: 2,255thHighest Average Incomes: 2,524thMost Developed: 2,597thHighest Crime Rates: 3,126thLargest Black Market: 3,956thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,322ndRudest Citizens: 5,778thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,442ndLargest Insurance Industry: 7,018thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,122ndTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,414thMost Inclusive: 13,964thMost Efficient Economies: 14,983rdMost Beautiful Environments: 15,138thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,669th
Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 18th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 20th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 27th in the regionMost Cultured: 32nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Developed: 43rd in the regionMost Influential: 52nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 52nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 61st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 61st in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 98th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 107th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 120th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 130th in the region

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