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United Socialist Republics of LAN

Population15.523 billion

CapitalDragon's Nest
LeaderChairman Sebskij


The Union of United Socialist Republics of LAN is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chairman Sebskij with an even hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, sprawling nuclear power plants, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, cheerful population of 15.523 billion LANians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dragon's Nest. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but underdeveloped LANian economy, worth a remarkable 1,698 trillion Sebskijs a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 109,448 Sebskijs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

LANians submit requests for a date in writing with an enclosed RSVP card, skateparks can be found in every city, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park, and diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. United Socialist Republics of LAN's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

United Socialist Republics of LAN is ranked 241,478th in the world and 476th in The Leftist Assembly for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -37.33 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Highest Average Tax Rates: 168thSafest: 188thLargest Governments: 236thLowest Crime Rates: 237thHealthiest Citizens: 290thLongest Average Lifespans: 405thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 446thMost Pacifist: 490thBest Weather: 663rdMost Beautiful Environments: 759thMost Cheerful Citizens: 812thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 837thNicest Citizens: 860thMost Compassionate Citizens: 973rdSmartest Citizens: 1,012thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,027thMost Cultured: 1,030thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,064thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,756thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,793rdMost Inclusive: 1,814thMost Influential: 2,203rdTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,108thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,286thMost Secular: 3,292ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,897thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,022ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,988thHighest Economic Output: 10,011thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,312thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,738thTop
Most Income Equality: 13,875thLargest Populations: 14,973rdMost Stationary: 15,390thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,899th
Lowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionNicest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 25th in the regionMost Influential: 27th in the regionMost Inclusive: 27th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 33rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 35th in the regionMost Secular: 37th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 47th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 48th in the region

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