by Max Barry

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,062ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,854thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,096th
The Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Dieu et mon droit
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population6.678 billion



The Republic of Laeden is a colossal, cultured nation, notable for its public floggings, ubiquitous missile silos, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 6.678 billion Laedenians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arcadia. The average income tax rate is 74.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Laedenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,206 trillion denariis a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 180,704 denariis, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Arcadia, immigrant herding has become a national pastime, Leader's handshakes with opposition leaders usually lead to thumb wars, and frisbee games on college quadrangles are grounds for expulsion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laeden's national animal is the Griffin, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Laeden is ranked 256,257th in the world and 213th in The Western Isles for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.79 crimes per hour.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,062ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,854thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,096thRudest Citizens: 4,803rdLargest Retail Industry: 5,135thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,221stMost Efficient Economies: 5,400thSmartest Citizens: 6,791stMost Cultured: 6,815thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,882ndMost Developed: 6,973rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,002ndMost Influential: 8,395thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,558thHighest Average Incomes: 9,619thLargest Governments: 11,255thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,669thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,688thMost Devout: 12,271stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,778thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,327thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,459thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 14,011thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,390thHighest Food Quality: 14,591stHealthiest Citizens: 14,595thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,034thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,808thHighest Economic Output: 16,951stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,294thLargest Agricultural Sector: 21,553rdMost Patriotic: 22,914thHighest Average Tax Rates: 23,307thMost Corrupt Governments: 23,917thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 26,287thSafest: 26,954th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 17th in the regionRudest Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 19th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 24th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 25th in the region

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