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Nicest Citizens: 3,871stMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,920thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,356th
The Matriarchy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
What You Want Doesn't Matter
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Lieutenant Diene

Population3.758 billion


CurrencyGold Piece
AnimalDoberman Pinscher

The Matriarchy of Lieutenant Diene is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 3.758 billion Nortis are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Locca. The average income tax rate is 75.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Nortis economy, worth 408 trillion Gold Pieces a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 108,672 Gold Pieces, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Any secret that gets off someone's chest is promptly replaced, builders spend more time negotiating "tasteful architecture" than on actual construction, TV coverage of music festivals consists mostly of backstage interviews, and buses are widely regarded as the safest way to travel. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lieutenant Diene's national animal is the Doberman Pinscher, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Spiritism.

Lieutenant Diene is ranked 14,362nd in the world and 13th in Hartfelden for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1,224.03 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Nicest Citizens: 3,871stMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,920thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,356thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,458thMost Pacifist: 6,986thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,269thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,606thHealthiest Citizens: 8,419thBest Weather: 8,732ndLongest Average Lifespans: 8,784thLowest Crime Rates: 8,846thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,665thMost Inclusive: 9,729thHighest Food Quality: 9,805thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,346thMost Cultured: 11,695thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,518thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,700thSafest: 13,874thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,047thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,362ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,544thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,684thMost Developed: 16,761stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,324thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,270thSmartest Citizens: 19,818thLargest Governments: 20,052ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,210thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,755thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,470th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the region

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