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Most Devout: 3,550thMost Pacifist: 8,093rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,230th
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Lightning Boltz

Population7.151 billion

CapitalThunder
LeaderStorm
FaithThunderstorm

CurrencyVolt
Animallion

The Kingdom of Lightning Boltz is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Storm with an even hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 7.151 billion Boltzians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thunder. The average income tax rate is 72.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Boltzian economy, worth 614 trillion Volts a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Book Publishing. Average income is 85,872 Volts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Engineers ask liberal arts majors "Do you want fries with that?", class action lawsuits have gone up in smoke thanks to government interference, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, and giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lightning Boltz's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Thunderstorm.

Lightning Boltz is ranked 213,874th in the world and 5,491st in Lazarus for Highest Drug Use, scoring 28 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Devout: 3,550thMost Pacifist: 8,093rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,230thNicest Citizens: 9,305thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,448thMost Cultured: 11,127thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,564thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,611thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,463rdTop
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Best Weather: 13,037thLeast Corrupt Governments: 13,296thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,986thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,738thHighest Food Quality: 15,193rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,493rdHealthiest Citizens: 17,492ndLongest Average Lifespans: 17,543rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,023rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21,515thMost Inclusive: 22,842ndMost Developed: 24,615thMost Subsidized Industry: 24,774thHighest Poor Incomes: 25,292ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 25,745th
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Most Devout: 165th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 413th in the regionNicest Citizens: 454th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 459th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 536th in the regionMost Cultured: 604th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 607th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 630th in the regionMost Average: 646th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 664th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 672nd in the regionBest Weather: 695th in the region

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  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education and Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Lightning Boltz was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.

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