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Most Influential: 255th Most Cultured: 716th Most Developed: 806th
The United Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Sousmatisse remout ar'ouais - In all we believe
President Potrus Soustas
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.966 billion

LeaderPresident Potrus Soustas


The United Republic of Lieges is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Potrus Soustas with a fair hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, unlimited-speed roads, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.966 billion Liègians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ricads. The average income tax rate is 99.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Liegesian economy, worth a remarkable 2,413 trillion Ownuans a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an amazing 220,047 Ownuans, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Sex education has become an intricate maze of stick figures and complex metaphors, the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction, every week is blindness awareness week, and construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lieges's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Lieges is ranked 110,783rd in the world and 682nd in Europe for Most Authoritarian, with 0.11 Stalins.

Most Influential: 255thMost Cultured: 716thMost Developed: 806thMost Efficient Economies: 859thHighest Average Tax Rates: 867thLargest Governments: 958thMost Subsidized Industry: 978thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,065thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,160thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,160thSmartest Citizens: 1,169thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,180thMost Pacifist: 1,204thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,221stMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,325thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,327thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,334thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,338thLowest Crime Rates: 1,385thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,525thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,571stSafest: 1,617thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,699thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 1,716thMost Inclusive: 2,187thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,269thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,413thNicest Citizens: 2,420thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,844thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,845thHighest Economic Output: 3,678thHighest Average Incomes: 3,715thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,281stMost Stationary: 5,726thMost Secular: 6,782ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,082ndTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,122ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,322ndLargest Populations: 12,987thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,324th
Most Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 24th in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the regionMost Stationary: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 25th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 27th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 27th in the regionMost Pacifist: 27th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 29th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 31st in the regionSafest: 32nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 32nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 34th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 35th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 36th in the regionMost Inclusive: 38th in the regionMost Influential: 41st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 41st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 44th in the regionNicest Citizens: 47th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 48th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 49th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 50th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 61st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 66th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 80th in the regionMost Secular: 91st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 94th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 106th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Lieges was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Lieges, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Lieges, every week is blindness awareness week.
  • : Following new legislation in Lieges, the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction.
  • : Lieges was endorsed by The Kingdom of Atenburgh.
  • : Lieges voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ozone Layer Protection".
  • : Following new legislation in Lieges, sex education has become an intricate maze of stick figures and complex metaphors.
  • : Following new legislation in Lieges, a government program is underway to revitalize Lieges's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Lieges, young and brooding teens are welcomed with open arms to the Dogwarts School of Strangeness and Sorcery.
  • : Following new legislation in Lieges, the children of Lieges are often remarked upon for their cheery attitude to extreme violence.


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