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Safest: 7,242nd Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,540th Most Secular: 9,299th
The United Socialist States of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Let us be Friendly and Civil!
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Loyalty and Friends

Population3.013 billion

LeaderComrade Cooper

CurrencyFriend Money
AnimalCutest Animal

The United Socialist States of Loyalty and Friends is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Comrade Cooper with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.013 billion Loyalty and Friendsians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 82.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Loyalty and Friendsian economy, worth 138 trillion Friend Monies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Woodchip Exports, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 45,998 Friend Monies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

No personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak, and the national census includes an opt-in to join the government-run dating service. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Loyalty and Friends's national animal is the Cutest Animal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Loyalty and Friends is ranked 144,709th in the world and 255th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 34.67 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Safest: 7,242ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,540thTop
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Most Secular: 9,299thMost Pacifist: 9,726thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,794thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,806thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,672ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,984thNicest Citizens: 13,534thHealthiest Citizens: 16,246thMost Inclusive: 16,270thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,558th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Loyalty and Friends, the national census includes an opt-in to join the government-run dating service.
  • : Following new legislation in Loyalty and Friends, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak.
  • : Following new legislation in Loyalty and Friends, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll.
  • : Following new legislation in Loyalty and Friends, no personal detail is too tiny for the suede-denim census police.
  • : Following new legislation in Loyalty and Friends, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Loyalty and Friends, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in Loyalty and Friends, Comrade Cooper's exquisite office door is replaced monthly due to angry petitioners.
  • : Following new legislation in Loyalty and Friends, veterans are directed into environmental cleanup operations.
  • : Loyalty and Friends was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Loyalty and Friends was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive and Most Extensive Public Healthcare.

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