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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,280thNicest Citizens: 1,663rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,883rd
The Imperial States of
Left-wing Utopia
Pray for Peace but Prepare for War
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Flex Lexington

Population14.926 billion

CapitalLexington
LeaderEmperor Cornelius Maximilian IV

CurrencyFlex
AnimalImperial Dragon

The Imperial States of Flex Lexington is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Emperor Cornelius Maximilian IV with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, frequent executions, and unlimited-speed roads. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 14.926 billion Flexicans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lexington. The average income tax rate is 91.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Flex Lexingtonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,524 trillion Flexes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 169,113 Flexes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster, disability advocates are not amused that they are told to be dependent on Flexicans's kindness, and criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Flex Lexington's national animal is the Imperial Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Flex Lexington is ranked 4,125th in the world and 81st in 10000 Islands for Most Developed, scoring 94.65 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,280thNicest Citizens: 1,663rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,883rdTop
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Safest: 2,122ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,629thMost Cultured: 2,881stBest Weather: 2,986thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,048thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,225thMost Influential: 3,282ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,739thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,847thHealthiest Citizens: 4,100thMost Developed: 4,125thLowest Crime Rates: 4,514thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,680thSmartest Citizens: 4,762ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,161stHighest Economic Output: 5,380thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,398thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,828thLargest Governments: 5,991stMost Efficient Economies: 6,121stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,308thMost Devout: 6,794thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,870thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,979thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,432ndMost Inclusive: 8,104thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,830thHighest Average Incomes: 9,887thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,463rdMost Subsidized Industry: 14,959th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 23rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 24th in the regionNicest Citizens: 38th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 41st in the regionSafest: 42nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 48th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 57th in the regionBest Weather: 61st in the regionMost Cultured: 61st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 68th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 69th in the regionMost Devout: 70th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 73rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 75th in the regionMost Developed: 81st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 81st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 81st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 83rd in the regionLargest Governments: 87th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 92nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 93rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 95th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 100th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 111th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 124th in the regionLargest Populations: 131st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 132nd in the regionMost Influential: 133rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 134th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 141st in the regionMost Inclusive: 158th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 173rd in the region

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