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The Republic of Lichian is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Benjamin Gillis with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 10.467 billion Lichians 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mhialn. The average income tax rate is 8.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Lichian economy, worth a remarkable 2,622 trillion Gold Ducats a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 250,564 Gold Ducats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Lichian Space Agency, in a fit of passion Benjamin Gillis has shredded thirty years' worth of petitions, and urban entrepreneurs are busy introducing cockroaches into restaurant kitchens. Crime is totally unknown. Lichian's national animal is the Lothian Ground Llama, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Judaeo-Christianity.

Lichian is ranked 3,195th in the world and 12th in Texas for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 28,262.39 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 239thHighest Drug Use: 251stLargest Information Technology Sector: 382ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 495thMost Scientifically Advanced: 530thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,139thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,150thRudest Citizens: 1,269thMost Cultured: 1,657thTop
Most Devout: 1,790thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,939thHighest Average Incomes: 2,251stMost Armed: 2,700thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,803rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,818thMost Influential: 2,818thMost Developed: 3,000thHighest Economic Output: 3,039thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,195thSmartest Citizens: 3,239thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,469thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,541stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,864thMost Inclusive: 4,916thBest Weather: 4,922ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,526thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,725thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,849thLargest Governments: 6,915thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,987thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,529thNicest Citizens: 7,540thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,926thTop
Safest: 9,253rdLargest Retail Industry: 9,632ndLargest Gambling Industry: 10,793rdLargest Publishing Industry: 11,339thMost Stationary: 11,735thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,507thLargest Populations: 12,980thNudest: 15,088thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,808th
Highest Drug Use: 1st in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionNicest Citizens: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 15th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lichian, urban entrepreneurs are busy introducing cockroaches into restaurant kitchens.
  • : Following new legislation in Lichian, in a fit of passion Benjamin Gillis has shredded thirty years' worth of petitions.
  • : Following new legislation in Lichian, 'To Regulate And Beyond' is the unofficial motto of the Lichian Space Agency.
  • : Following new legislation in Lichian, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Lichian, grumbling early morning commuters bemoan having to travel to work in the dark.
  • : Lichian was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Lichian, t-shirts displaying a photo of Benjamin Gillis performing the Full-Monty are selling out.
  • : Following new legislation in Lichian, tax returns detail how many games of slots each citizen will be able to play with their refund.
  • : Following new legislation in Lichian, trespassers entering Benjamin Gillis's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Following new legislation in Lichian, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal.


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