by Max Barry

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Largest Retail Industry: 6,630th
The Republic of
Father Knows Best State
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Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Population2.132 billion


The Republic of Light42 is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, keen interest in outer space, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 2.132 billion Light42ians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 42.1%.

The very strong Light42ian economy, worth 144 trillion francs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 67,744 francs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

The "daily grind" consists of levelling up in tedious video games, videogames like 'Equalia: Knights of Self-Confidence' are proving inexplicably unpopular, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step, and politicians accepting drinks in bars are executed for taking bribes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Light42's national animal is the lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Light42 is ranked 120,824th in the world and 2,406th in Artificial Solar System for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,365.09 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 6,630th
Largest Retail Industry: 10th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 212th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 289th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 373rd in the regionSafest: 386th in the regionMost Devout: 432nd in the regionNudest: 449th in the region

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