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Religious Lennox

Population385 million



The Holy Empire of Religious Lennox is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and soft-spoken computers. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 385 million Lennoxians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Education, although Industry, Defense, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Environment and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gethsamane. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 14.1%.

The powerhouse Religious Lennoxian economy, worth 31.1 trillion Thalers 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, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Door-to-door Insurance 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 80,866 Thalers, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 356,213 per year while the poor average 11,516, a ratio of 30.9 to 1.

Homophobia is off the menu, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League, the hardest thing for a mining operation to dig through is government red tape, and it's not mass murder when the government does it. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Religious Lennox's national animal is the Dove, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Religious Lennox is ranked 211,937th in the world and 3rd in The Holy Christian Empire for Longest Average Lifespans, with 42.97 years.

Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4,855thMost Avoided: 4,915thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,967thFattest Citizens: 5,960thLargest Insurance Industry: 8,436thMost Devout: 9,456thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 12,446thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,051stHighest Disposable Incomes: 14,467thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,724thHighest Crime Rates: 18,722ndMost Corrupt Governments: 20,218thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,247thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 21,138th

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