by Max Barry

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Most Conservative: 987th Most Authoritarian: 2,241st Most Extreme: 6,504th
The People's Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Unity, Discipline, Work
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population142 million


The People's Republic of Lipda is a very large, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 142 million Lipdans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 71.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Lipdan economy, worth 4.16 trillion Lire a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 29,262 Lire, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Justice is blinding, drunk drivers are sentenced to death, the government-run newspapers insist that everything is fine, and wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lipda's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Lipda is ranked 127,213th in the world and 4,769th in the Rejected Realms for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -33.55 on the Hayek Index.

Most Conservative: 987thTop
Most Authoritarian: 2,241stMost Extreme: 6,504thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,386thMost Income Equality: 10,975thMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,665th
Most Conservative: 20th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 85th in the regionMost Income Equality: 235th in the regionMost Extreme: 250th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 268th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 368th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 421st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 425th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 511th in the region

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