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Featured nation December 2018: Limonaia

The Grand Duchy of Limonaia


"Nobiscum Deus"

National Animal: falcon

Currency: lira

As the previously featured nation once wrote: "Limonaia is a right mixed bag." And he describes himself as "sometimes a bit 'devious'." And that's saying something about this lovely little land. The Grand Duchy is ranked in the top results of Europa for religiousness (10%), basket weaving (11%) and pacifism (13%). And worldwide they score in the top 9% for income equality and social conservatism. Just keep in mind that Limonaia is watching you.

The Grand Duchy of Limonaia is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Giuliano Saleri with an even hand, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, frequent executions, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, devout population of 1.173 billion Limonaians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The medium-sized, moralistic, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Spirituality, Administration, and Healthcare are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Limone. The average income tax rate is 38.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Limonaian economy, worth 67.8 trillion lire a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 57,797 lire, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves, old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, and monocled merchants with funny accents are applying for Limonaian citizenship in droves. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Limonaia's national animal is the falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

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