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Rudest Citizens: 562ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,430thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,473rd
The Democratic Space Empire of
New York Times Democracy
The day the universe ends, Ludistan will survive.
Julia Lombardo
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Socialist States of Ludistan

Population2.082 billion

CapitalCapitale de Ludistano
LeaderJulia Lombardo


The Democratic Space Empire of Socialist States of Ludistan is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Julia Lombardo with a fair hand, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, ubiquitous missile silos, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 2.082 billion Ludistanians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capitale de Ludistano. The average income tax rate is 73.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ludist economy, worth 580 trillion Bitweirs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 278,807 Bitweirs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, and re-education centers are being added to most prisons. Crime is totally unknown. Socialist States of Ludistan's national animal is the wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Tzuism.

Socialist States of Ludistan is ranked 242,990th in the world and 61st in Callista for Most Beautiful Environments, with 2.97 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Rudest Citizens: 562ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,430thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,473rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,568thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,711thMost Armed: 1,839thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,874thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,584thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,718thMost Avoided: 2,801stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,206thFattest Citizens: 4,065thLargest Black Market: 4,222ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,333rdLargest Retail Industry: 4,645thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,078thLargest Mining Sector: 5,319thMost Efficient Economies: 5,581stSmartest Citizens: 6,076thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,086thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,035thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,555thMost Inclusive: 9,459thLargest Governments: 9,761stLargest Publishing Industry: 10,268thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,521stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,835thMost Cultured: 11,651stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,757thMost Developed: 12,047thTop
Most Secular: 12,277thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,873rdMost Rebellious Youth: 16,963rdMost Politically Free: 21,296thMost Advanced Public Transport: 23,177thHighest Average Tax Rates: 23,980th
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 5 » Sorianora, Plus Nova Imperii, Nooooooooooooooo, Poskukune, and Yes Humans Are Recyclable.

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