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Most Influential: 1,933rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,938thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,671st
The Spooky Union of
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Population20.063 billion

CapitalHoly Whitby
LeaderHoly Popesecretary Pius XXXVIII
FaithLiossaldian Christianism

CurrencyLiossaldian Solidus

The Spooky Union of Liossalde is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Holy Popesecretary Pius XXXVIII with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, zero percent divorce rate, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 20.063 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 91.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Liossaldian economy, worth a remarkable 2,959 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 147,527 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 9,311th in the world and 33rd in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Highest Poor Incomes, with 114,580.5 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Influential: 1,933rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,938thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,671stTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 3,330thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,745thMost Efficient Economies: 3,832ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,560thMost Cultured: 5,892ndHighest Economic Output: 5,913thMost Devout: 6,367thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,401stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,462ndLargest Welfare Programs: 6,508thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,077thSafest: 7,327thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,836thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,916thMost Developed: 7,937thLargest Governments: 8,591stMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,752ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,825thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,012thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,311thSmartest Citizens: 9,318thMost Pacifist: 10,754thHighest Food Quality: 10,791stMost Rebellious Youth: 11,030thLargest Populations: 11,038thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,239thLowest Crime Rates: 12,220thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,298thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,736thHighest Average Incomes: 16,144thBest Weather: 16,148thMost Inclusive: 22,390th
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 19th in the region

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