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Highest Disposable Incomes: 113thLargest Insurance Industry: 139thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 144th
The Federation of
Anarchy Lawless Wasteland
In guns we trust, unless persuaded otherwise.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population20.611 billion

CapitalHi Vue
LeaderPresident James Spanier

CurrencyLowsten Credit

The Federation of Lowsten is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President James Spanier with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, deadly medical pandemics, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 20.611 billion Lowstenians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hi Vue. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Lowstenian economy, worth an astonishing 10,405 trillion Lowsten Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is notable. Average income is a breathtaking 504,857 Lowsten Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.7 times as much as the poorest.

Gossip magazines have pictures of President James Spanier sunbathing on the beach with political rivals, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark, and an Osiris Tourist Association survey has rated Lowsten #1 for number twos. Crime is totally unknown. Lowsten's national animal is the Penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Zunism.

Lowsten is ranked 1,791st in the world and 75th in Osiris for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 27,356.53 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Highest Disposable Incomes: 113thLargest Insurance Industry: 139thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 144thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 212thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 214thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 214thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 216thMost Efficient Economies: 229thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 287thHighest Average Incomes: 306thFattest Citizens: 354thLargest Mining Sector: 367thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 382ndHighest Economic Output: 449thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 668thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 712thMost Avoided: 717thHighest Poor Incomes: 816thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,006thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,047thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,117thLargest Governments: 1,311thRudest Citizens: 1,365thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,489thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,791stSmartest Citizens: 1,867thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,897thLargest Retail Industry: 1,974thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,029thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,126thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,264thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,267thLowest Crime Rates: 4,406thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,067thLargest Black Market: 5,445thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,509thLargest Populations: 6,991stMost Cultured: 8,261stMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,122ndMost Armed: 10,992ndTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,970thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,471stMost Secular: 16,605thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,787thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,145thHighest Drug Use: 21,517th
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Avoided: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 31st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 32nd in the regionLargest Governments: 43rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 45th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 49th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 53rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 62nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 66th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 69th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 75th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 89th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 102nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 104th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 116th in the regionLargest Populations: 175th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 189th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 219th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 224th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 238th in the regionLargest Black Market: 262nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 322nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 357th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 377th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 424th in the regionMost Armed: 467th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 814th in the region

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