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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,563rd Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,005th Most Pacifist: 3,193rd
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LightBane

Population1.931 billion

CurrencyScotch
AnimalUnicorn

The Republic of LightBane is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its national health service, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 1.931 billion LightBaneans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 93.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient LightBanean economy, worth 224 trillion Scotches a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 116,059 Scotches, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists, movie producers send film critics wads of cash in their morning newspapers in anticipation of gushing praise, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions, and space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. LightBane's national animal is the Unicorn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

LightBane is ranked 152,078th in the world and 5,727th in the West Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -9.47 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,563rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,005thMost Pacifist: 3,193rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,629thBest Weather: 3,739thHealthiest Citizens: 3,970thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,995thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,214thSafest: 4,218thNicest Citizens: 4,479thLowest Crime Rates: 5,525thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,588thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,612thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,645thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,922ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,033rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,233rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,597thMost Inclusive: 7,000thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,453rdMost Influential: 7,658thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,667thMost Developed: 7,788thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,110thSmartest Citizens: 8,171stHighest Poor Incomes: 8,780thLargest Governments: 9,040thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,490thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,239thMost Secular: 12,458thMost Income Equality: 12,968thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,363rdLargest Publishing Industry: 15,329th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 55th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 63rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 85th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 86th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 91st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 96th in the regionSafest: 97th in the regionBest Weather: 98th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 100th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 100th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 104th in the regionNicest Citizens: 106th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 121st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 130th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 140th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 150th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 159th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 176th in the regionLargest Governments: 180th in the regionMost Inclusive: 194th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 195th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 207th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 208th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 210th in the regionMost Developed: 211th in the regionMost Influential: 224th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 231st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 257th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 279th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 325th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 350th in the regionMost Secular: 363rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 383rd in the regionMost Cultured: 489th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 533rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 548th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 571st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in LightBane, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.
  • : Following new legislation in LightBane, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions.
  • : Following new legislation in LightBane, movie producers send film critics wads of cash in their morning newspapers in anticipation of gushing praise.
  • : LightBane was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in LightBane, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in LightBane, the nation has welcomed its expats back with open arms.
  • : Following new legislation in LightBane, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : LightBane was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments and the Top 10% for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in LightBane, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in LightBane, you need two tenors and a coloratura contralto to sing the national anthem properly.

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