by Max Barry

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Most Subsidized Industry: 1,598thMost Influential: 2,184thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,599th
The Spooky Union of
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Population17.801 billion

CapitalHoly Whitby
LeaderHoly Popesecretary Pius XXXVIII
FaithLiossaldian Christianism

CurrencyLiossaldian Solidus

The Spooky Union of Liossalde is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Holy Popesecretary Pius XXXVIII with a fair hand, and notable for its closed borders, state-planned economy, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 17.801 billion Liossaldians 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 large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Holy Whitby. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Liossaldian economy, worth a remarkable 2,586 trillion Liossaldian Soliduses a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is dominated by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Automobile Manufacturing, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 145,291 Liossaldian Soliduses, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government's giant servers are often used as a tourist trap, cogitators and mass debaters are skiving off work to hang around the National Symposium Park, Holy Popesecretary Pius XXXVIII is worshipped as a god, and prudishness is on the way out. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Liossalde's national animal is the Vampires, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Liossaldian Christianism.

Liossalde is ranked 6,617th in the world and 55th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 5,937.33 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Subsidized Industry: 1,598thTop
Most Influential: 2,184thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,599thMost Efficient Economies: 3,086thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,121stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,343rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,230thMost Devout: 5,660thMost Cultured: 5,686thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,861stHighest Economic Output: 6,167thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,617thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,977thSafest: 7,766thMost Developed: 8,274thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,335thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,387thLargest Governments: 8,776thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,840thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,864thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,967thSmartest Citizens: 9,499thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,603rdHighest Poor Incomes: 9,604thHighest Food Quality: 10,741stMost Pacifist: 10,770thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 11,403rdLargest Populations: 11,599thLowest Crime Rates: 12,024thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,670thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,802ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,549thHighest Average Incomes: 15,379thBest Weather: 17,401stMost Inclusive: 20,736th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 14th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 19th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the region

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