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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,354thMost Influential: 3,645thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,685th
The United Socialist States of
Left-wing Utopia
Workers of the world, unite!
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Excellent

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THE LIFTIST UNION

Population2.158 billion

Capitalthe World

Currencypound
Animalpanda

The United Socialist States of THE LIFTIST UNION is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.158 billion LIFTIST UNIONians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the World. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving LIFTIST UNIONian economy, worth 179 trillion pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is 83,392 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés, disaster relief budgets are growing like wildfire, the government is ignoring the latest terrorist atrocities in the World for fear of causing a fuss, and Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. THE LIFTIST UNION's national animal is the panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

THE LIFTIST UNION is ranked 5,941st in the world and 78th in The Leftist Assembly for Least Corrupt Governments, with 94.94 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,354thMost Influential: 3,645thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,685thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,526thSafest: 5,300thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,685thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,941stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,439thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,515thNicest Citizens: 7,234thMost Pacifist: 7,544thMost Inclusive: 7,545thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,843rdLowest Crime Rates: 9,565thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,159thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,371stMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,512thHealthiest Citizens: 11,361stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,769thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,449thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,852ndMost Income Equality: 13,660thBest Weather: 14,810thLargest Governments: 14,953rdMost Beautiful Environments: 16,818thSmartest Citizens: 17,423rdMost Secular: 17,474thMost Cultured: 17,650thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,955th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 25th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : THE LIFTIST UNION endorsed The United Socialist States of Santa Torres.
  • : Following new legislation in THE LIFTIST UNION, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • : Following new legislation in THE LIFTIST UNION, the government is ignoring the latest terrorist atrocities in the World for fear of causing a fuss.
  • : Following new legislation in THE LIFTIST UNION, disaster relief budgets are growing like wildfire.
  • : Following new legislation in THE LIFTIST UNION, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés.
  • : THE LIFTIST UNION voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Supporting People with Disabilities".
  • : Following new legislation in THE LIFTIST UNION, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators.
  • : Following new legislation in THE LIFTIST UNION, sniffer dogs check train passengers for body odour.
  • : Following new legislation in THE LIFTIST UNION, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme.
  • : Following new legislation in THE LIFTIST UNION, internet searches for the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered LIFTIST UNIONian weed picker are way up.

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