by Max Barry

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Safest: 3,801stHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,886thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,105th
The LMAFAO Direct Democracy of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Standing for justice, even when its losing
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population12.536 billion

CapitalHanumia City
LeaderEmperor HEM Valentinian


The LMAFAO Direct Democracy of The HEM is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Emperor HEM Valentinian with a fair hand, and notable for its frequent executions, complete lack of prisons, and compulsory vegetarianism. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 12.536 billion HEMians 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 Law & Order, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hanumia City. The average income tax rate is 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped HEMian economy, worth 536 trillion ekajetes a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 42,787 ekajetes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Criminals are thrown to the deerwalkers to repay their debt to society, local executives are seen on the corner with cardboard signs reading "will oppress the masses for food", the government has begun breaking all large businesses into thousands of mom-and-pop general stores, and midnight pizza breaks are common among the work-from-home population. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The HEM's national animal is the deerwalker, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

The HEM is ranked 14,667th in the world and 878th in Lazarus for Lowest Crime Rates, with 87.47 law-abiding acts per hour.

Safest: 3,801stHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,886thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,105thBest Weather: 9,375thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,254thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,202ndMost Pacifist: 11,220thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,541stTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,142ndLowest Crime Rates: 14,667thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,791stLargest Governments: 18,103rdLargest Welfare Programs: 18,504thMost Income Equality: 19,647thLeast Corrupt Governments: 20,123rdNicest Citizens: 20,775thMost Devout: 22,082ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,961st
Safest: 188th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 482nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 485th in the regionBest Weather: 497th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 583rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 617th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 628th in the regionMost Pacifist: 634th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 675th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 848th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 878th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 894th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 958th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 967th in the regionMost Devout: 1,003rd in the regionLargest Populations: 1,011th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The HEM was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : The HEM was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : The HEM was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : The HEM was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : The HEM's influence in Lazarus rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : The HEM's influence in Lazarus fell from "Sprat" to "Minnow".
  • : The HEM's influence in Lazarus rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : The HEM's influence in Lazarus fell from "Sprat" to "Minnow".
  • : The HEM's influence in Lazarus rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : The HEM resigned from the World Assembly.


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