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Largest Publishing Industry: 303rd Most Influential: 343rd Largest Cheese Export Sector: 402nd
The Crystal leth dealing cabal of
New York Times Democracy
Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum
Malcolm Mason
Regional Influence
Apprentice
Supreme Chancellor & Nethel's Alter Ego
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Crystal leth dealing cabal of Lethen is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Malcolm Mason with a fair hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 24.04 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 dominated 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 5,688 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 236,635 Golden Farbs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Getting an abortion takes less hassle than writing a letter, minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance", and unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves. 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 1,207th in the world and 19th in Europeia for Healthiest Citizens, with 28.4 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 303rdMost Influential: 343rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 402ndMost Rebellious Youth: 507thHighest Economic Output: 782ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 868thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 879thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,020thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,109thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,129thHealthiest Citizens: 1,207thSmartest Citizens: 1,269thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,430thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,588thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,610thMost Cultured: 1,884thLargest Populations: 2,232ndMost Developed: 2,483rdHighest Average Incomes: 2,632ndHighest Crime Rates: 2,887thRudest Citizens: 3,878thLargest Black Market: 4,420thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,247thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,715thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,637thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,750thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,484thMost Inclusive: 12,530thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,718thMost Efficient Economies: 14,515th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 19th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionLargest Black Market: 32nd in the regionMost Influential: 41st in the regionMost Developed: 42nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 44th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 47th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 50th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 82nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 94th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 108th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 113th in the region

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