by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,962ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,276thMost Influential: 3,740th
The Allied States of
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Safety through Concord
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Population7.725 billion



The Allied States of Lorynia is a colossal, safe nation, notable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, devout population of 7.725 billion Lorynians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 93.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lorynian economy, worth 774 trillion Larans a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 100,294 Larans, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pawn shop reality shows dominate basic cable, Lorynians believe manners maketh the leader, tipsy fans frequently invite themselves to the board meetings of sports clubs, and thieves find battery shops juicier targets than banks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lorynia's national animal is the Starling, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Elreithalyn.

Lorynia is ranked 206,452nd in the world and 7,008th in The East Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -193.91 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,962ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,276thMost Influential: 3,740thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,869thBest Weather: 4,783rdMost Cultured: 4,797thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,969thSafest: 5,187thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,796thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,858thHighest Food Quality: 6,014thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,142ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,359thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,466thNicest Citizens: 6,610thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,112thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,536thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,815thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,830thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,368thMost Inclusive: 8,419thHealthiest Citizens: 8,954thLowest Crime Rates: 9,128thMost Developed: 9,721stMost Patriotic: 11,151stLargest Governments: 11,342ndTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 11,636thMost Stationary: 15,080thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,208thMost Pacifist: 15,275thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,427thSmartest Citizens: 15,980thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,178thMost Devout: 18,840thMost Efficient Economies: 22,063rdMost Income Equality: 22,545th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 93rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 98th in the regionMost Cultured: 123rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 142nd in the regionBest Weather: 147th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 154th in the regionSafest: 160th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 180th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 181st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 182nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 183rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 206th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 206th in the regionNicest Citizens: 211th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 215th in the regionMost Stationary: 217th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 232nd in the regionMost Influential: 236th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 244th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 255th in the regionMost Inclusive: 260th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 264th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 270th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 274th in the regionMost Developed: 282nd in the regionLargest Governments: 316th in the regionLargest Populations: 327th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 343rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 348th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 420th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 427th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 448th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 480th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 501st in the regionMost Pacifist: 578th in the regionMost Devout: 607th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 693rd in the region

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