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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,628th Most Armed: 3,777th Most Cheerful Citizens: 10,479th
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Loft Pain

Population978 million

LeaderWinter Payne


The Rogue Nation of Loft Pain is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Winter Payne with an even hand, and renowned for its smutty television, punitive income tax rates, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed population of 978 million Loft Painians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shadowfall. The average income tax rate is 74.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Loft Painian economy, worth 101 trillion dollars 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Information Technology. 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 impressive 103,984 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cults that offer eternal life after death to those who follow a self-sacrificing saviour are frowned upon, Winter Payne has just been declared ruler of Loft Pain in an international press conference, the working classes live and die on the fields of the farming communes, and lobster tastes best when it is red. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Loft Pain's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Loft Pain is ranked 74,805th in the world and 3rd in Raven Brook for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 70.54 Workforce Participation Rate.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,628thMost Armed: 3,777thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 10,479thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,512thLargest Black Market: 12,693rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,739thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,839thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,507thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,770thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,010thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,581st

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