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The Liberated Territories

Population12.599 billion

CapitalIndependence City
FaithNo Religion

CurrencyLiberty Dollar

The Libertarian Republics of The Liberated Territories is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Generalissimo with an even hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, suspicion of poets, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 12.599 billion Territoriesians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, pro-business individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with International Aid also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Independence City. Income tax is unheard of.

The large but stagnant Territoriesian economy, worth 249 trillion Liberty Dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 19,766 Liberty Dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 100,689 per year while the poor average 2,141, a ratio of 47.0 to 1.

Journalists often nap through tedious police press briefings, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary, politicians sweat as journalists scour internet archives for any mention of them, and government critics have noticed a lot of new neighbors with expensive surveillance equipment in their garages. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. The Liberated Territories's national animal is the Snek, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is No Religion.

The Liberated Territories is ranked 156,757th in the world and 10th in Zentari for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -62.85 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Highest Crime Rates: 239thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 243rdMost Armed: 293rdFattest Citizens: 317thMost Avoided: 383rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 394thRudest Citizens: 1,193rdMost Rebellious Youth: 1,209thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,543rdTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,872ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,681stTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,094thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,791stHighest Drug Use: 10,115thMost Pro-Market: 13,756thMost Secular: 14,571stLargest Populations: 15,255th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the region

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