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Largest Welfare Programs: 60thMost Advanced Public Transport: 193rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 347th
The Benevolent Dictatorship of
Iron Fist Socialists
People, Party, Protector
Influence
Negotiator
Laerod
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Laerod

Population34.363 billion

CapitalCascade
LeaderAndrew Lasius

Currencytarad
Animalraven

The Benevolent Dictatorship of Laerod is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Andrew Lasius with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 34.363 billion Laerodines are ruled with an iron fist by the socialist government, which grants its people the freedom to do whatever they like so long as it doesn't involve getting richer than anybody else or challenging the government.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cascade. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Laerodine economy, worth a remarkable 6,487 trillion tarads a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. Average income is an impressive 188,797 tarads, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak, the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction, and houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laerod's national animal is the raven, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Laerod is ranked 226,165th in the world and 11th in Snazzy for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -32.31 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 60thMost Advanced Public Transport: 193rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 347thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 466thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 485thHighest Average Tax Rates: 620thMost Advanced Public Education: 667thLargest Governments: 821stMost Developed: 955thMost Pacifist: 1,065thLargest Populations: 1,107thHighest Economic Output: 1,129thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,148thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,152ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,156thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,385thLowest Crime Rates: 1,517thHealthiest Citizens: 1,606thNicest Citizens: 1,766thSmartest Citizens: 1,785thMost Cultured: 2,034thSafest: 2,167thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,797thBest Weather: 2,923rdLargest Publishing Industry: 4,633rdMost Rebellious Youth: 4,688thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,347thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,437thHighest Average Incomes: 7,417thMost Devout: 8,905thMost Inclusive: 8,923rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,105thTop
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Most Stationary: 16,123rdHighest Drug Use: 16,505thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,293rdMost Influential: 19,304thMost Income Equality: 19,506th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Laerod's influence in Snazzy rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Laerod's influence in Snazzy rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Safest.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Laerod's influence in Snazzy fell from "Auxiliary" to "Ambassador".
  • : Laerod's influence in Snazzy rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Laerod lodged a message on the Snazzy Regional Message Board.
  • : Laerod lodged a message on the Snazzy Regional Message Board.

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