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Most Secular: 1,852ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,334thMost Armed: 2,594th
The Assolutoist Space Empire of
Father Knows Best State
War is what keeps humanity sane.
Luis Lombardo
Influence
Auxiliary
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Rare

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Socialist States of Ludistan

Population853 million

CapitalPalermo
LeaderLuis Lombardo

CurrencyEuroweir
Animalwolf

The Assolutoist Space Empire of Socialist States of Ludistan is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Luis Lombardo with an iron fist, and remarkable for its vat-grown people, pith helmet sales, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 853 million Ludistanians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Palermo. The average income tax rate is 66.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Ludist economy, worth 137 trillion Euroweirs 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. 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 an impressive 161,701 Euroweirs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

A government program is underway to revitalize Socialist States of Ludistan's beaches, torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals, most believe it doesn't hurt to embrace free trade, and the Ludist Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Socialist States of Ludistan's national animal is the wolf, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Socialist States of Ludistan is ranked 30,453rd in the world and 107th in First World Order for Most Authoritarian, with 1,660.01 milliStalins.

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Most Secular: 1,852ndTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,334thMost Armed: 2,594thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,877thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,642ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,671stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,902ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,152ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,298thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,145thLargest Black Market: 9,547thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 11,189thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,534thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,225thMost Influential: 18,256thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,785thLargest Agricultural Sector: 21,635thMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,949th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 28th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 33rd in the regionMost Developed: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 37th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 47th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 51st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 53rd in the regionMost Cultured: 59th in the region

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