by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 1,322ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,134thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,232nd
The Kingdom of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Knowledge is Power
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.53 billion



The Kingdom of Literian is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Skydon with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, keen interest in outer space, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.53 billion Literians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of D'Amare. The average income tax rate is 92.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Literianian economy, worth 695 trillion Armonds 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 led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 153,501 Armonds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Press conferences always end with standing ovations and rapturous applause, people who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned, Literian has been greatly criticised for its isolationist policies, and travellers are often forcibly evicted by torch-bearing mobs. Crime is totally unknown. Literian's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Literian is ranked 9,045th in the world and 35th in The Free Nations Region for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 11,391.56 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Influential: 1,322ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,134thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,232ndTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,044thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,312thMost Inclusive: 3,754thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,340thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,395thNicest Citizens: 4,524thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,290thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,589thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,653rdHighest Food Quality: 5,789thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,035thMost Developed: 6,221stMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,233rdMost Pacifist: 6,380thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,029thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,032ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,055thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,078thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,232ndSmartest Citizens: 7,413thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,100thLargest Governments: 8,206thMost Efficient Economies: 8,472ndSafest: 8,885thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,045thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,645thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,874thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,890thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,967thBest Weather: 11,827thMost Cultured: 12,056thLargest Retail Industry: 12,078thLowest Crime Rates: 12,590thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 14,357thMost Secular: 15,778th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 16th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 17th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 18th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the regionMost Stationary: 22nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 24th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 25th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 28th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 30th in the regionMost Pacifist: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 31st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 32nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 33rd in the region

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