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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,798th Most Devout: 3,279th Most Subsidized Industry: 4,300th
The Clockwork republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
How did it all go so wrong
lord protecter joe
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Labstoska

Population5.878 billion

Capitalarcheangel undercity
Leaderlord protecter joe
FaithOrthodoxy

CurrencyCrown
Animalwolf

The Clockwork republic of Labstoska is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by lord protecter joe with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, avant-garde cinema, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.878 billion Labstoskans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of archeangel undercity. The average income tax rate is 91.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Labstoskan economy, worth 845 trillion Crowns a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 143,820 Crowns, with the richest citizens earning 5.0 times as much as the poorest.

Acupuncture is routinely prescribed for intravenous drug addicts, the might of the entire Labstoskan Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders, the fate of the world literally rests on lord protecter joe's fingers, and the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Labstoska's national animal is the wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Orthodoxy.

Labstoska is ranked 160,016th in the world and 29th in Cobalt Network for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 41.76 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,798thMost Devout: 3,279thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,300thLowest Crime Rates: 5,583rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,104thMost Efficient Economies: 6,144thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,685thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,672ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,679thLargest Governments: 7,796thTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,510thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,178thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,297thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,993rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,142ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,477thMost Developed: 13,898thHighest Average Incomes: 14,190thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,508thMost Conservative: 16,556thHighest Economic Output: 16,909thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,916thMost Cultured: 17,006th
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Most Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Labstoska, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.
  • : Following new legislation in Labstoska, the fate of the world literally rests on lord protecter joe's fingers.
  • : Following new legislation in Labstoska, the might of the entire Labstoskan Navy is focused on fifty bemused spear-throwing islanders.
  • : Labstoska was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Labstoska, acupuncture is routinely prescribed for intravenous drug addicts.
  • : Labstoska was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Labstoska's influence in Cobalt Network rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Labstoska was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Labstoska, when electric cars arrived nobody heard them coming.
  • : Following new legislation in Labstoska, selling your granddad's clothes requires an incredible amount of paperwork.

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