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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 661st Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,701st Largest Welfare Programs: 1,955th
The Diarchic Kingdom of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
May Your Blade Never Dull, And Coin Ever Flow.
Tarim Piala and Sarris Ryak
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Gerdon Laughis

Population8.773 billion

CapitalZeno and Sombek
LeaderTarim Piala and Sarris Ryak
FaithGaala Haalanism

CurrencyGold Bar

The Diarchic Kingdom of Gerdon Laughis is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Tarim Piala and Sarris Ryak with a fair hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, parental licensing program, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic population of 8.773 billion Gerdon Laughians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zeno and Sombek. The average income tax rate is 96.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Gerdon Laughian economy, worth a remarkable 1,005 trillion Gold Bars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. Average income is an impressive 114,658 Gold Bars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination, nouveau riche farmers diligently take care of their golden calf herds, executions are marked by quiet dignity and maybe a final round or two of whist, and the nation's green cities are indeed concrete jungles. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gerdon Laughis's national animal is the Boar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Gaala Haalanism.

Gerdon Laughis is ranked 44,511th in the world and 93rd in Sonindia for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 661stTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,701stLargest Welfare Programs: 1,955thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,694thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,241stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,301stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,565thSafest: 4,534thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,186thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,208thLargest Governments: 5,595thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,239thMost Pacifist: 6,267thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,431stMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,541stMost Developed: 6,625thNicest Citizens: 6,692ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,855thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,960thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,999thBest Weather: 7,215thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,232ndMost Rebellious Youth: 7,893rdLowest Crime Rates: 8,278thTop
Most Inclusive: 9,152ndMost Cultured: 9,366thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,925thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,015thNudest: 13,107thSmartest Citizens: 13,151stMost Politically Free: 13,751stHighest Economic Output: 14,406thMost Secular: 15,143rdHealthiest Citizens: 15,551st
Most Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Developed: 16th in the regionMost Income Equality: 17th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionBest Weather: 17th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17th in the regionMost Cultured: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 20th in the regionMost Politically Free: 20th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionNudest: 23rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gerdon Laughis's influence in Sonindia rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Gerdon Laughis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Gerdon Laughis's influence in Sonindia rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Gerdon Laughis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Gerdon Laughis's influence in Sonindia rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Gerdon Laughis's influence in Sonindia rose from "Zero" to "Hatchling".
  • : Gerdon Laughis was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather and Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Following new legislation in Gerdon Laughis, the nation's green cities are indeed concrete jungles.
  • : Following new legislation in Gerdon Laughis, executions are marked by quiet dignity and maybe a final round or two of whist.
  • : Gerdon Laughis lodged a message on the Sonindia Regional Message Board.


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