by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 4,746thMost Primitive: 10,564thMost Stationary: 18,857th
The Dominion of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights
Basket Case
Political Freedom

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Population6.384 billion

Currencyelanor and niphredil
Animaltawny owl

The Dominion of Lorien is a colossal, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 6.384 billion Lorienians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 60.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Lorienian economy, worth 60.5 trillion elanor and niphredils 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 black market in Basket Weaving, Automobile Manufacturing, Retail, and Tourism. 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 9,478 elanor and niphredils, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lorien's national animal is the tawny owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Lorien is ranked 237,111th in the world and 14th in Lothlorien for Most Developed, scoring 41.64 on the Human Development Index.

Most Income Equality: 4,746thMost Primitive: 10,564thTop
Most Stationary: 18,857th
Most Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the region

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