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Rudest Citizens: 522ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,429thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,536th
The Democratic Space Empire of
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The day the universe ends, Ludistan will survive.
Julia Lombardo
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Socialist States of Ludistan

Population2.127 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 remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, state-planned economy, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 2.127 billion Ludistanians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid 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 73.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ludist economy, worth 601 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 282,662 Bitweirs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Historic buildings are being demolished to allow for road-widening in the city centre, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers, meat-eating is frowned upon, and there are fifty shades of yellow in outdoor swimming pools. 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 33,130th in the world and 5th in Callista for Highest Economic Output, with 601 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Rudest Citizens: 522ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,429thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,536thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,575thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,685thMost Armed: 1,815thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,873rdTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,488thMost Avoided: 2,549thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,768thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,143rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,082ndLargest Black Market: 4,141stLargest Mining Sector: 4,197thFattest Citizens: 4,211thLargest Retail Industry: 4,637thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,112thMost Efficient Economies: 5,163rdSmartest Citizens: 5,906thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,690thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,342ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,477thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,634thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,765thMost Inclusive: 9,149thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,300thLargest Governments: 9,434thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,958thMost Developed: 11,563rdTop
Most Secular: 12,346thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,674thMost Cultured: 12,878thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,003rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,563rdMost Politically Free: 21,514thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,692ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 23,565th
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the region

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