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Best Weather: 12,861stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,658thLowest Crime Rates: 13,810th
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The Lightning Rod Federation

Population2.827 billion

CapitalNew Liberty
LeaderSupreme Leader Continuum
FaithLux Deorum

CurrencyDurai
AnimalPhoenix

The Dictatorship of The Lightning Rod Federation is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Supreme Leader Continuum with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical, devout population of 2.827 billion Lightians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Liberty. The average income tax rate is 79.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Lightning Rod Federationian economy, worth 153 trillion Durais a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 54,300 Durais, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government seizes all major gold finds, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation, weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law, and streaming video is considered to be a myth by most citizens. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Lightning Rod Federation's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Lux Deorum.

The Lightning Rod Federation is ranked 13,658th in the world and 1st in Mirror World for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 56.34 Whatever.

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Best Weather: 12,861stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,658thLowest Crime Rates: 13,810thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,487thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,540thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,942ndMost Income Equality: 17,899thLargest Governments: 21,465thMost Inclusive: 22,246thHealthiest Citizens: 23,276thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,491st
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the region

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