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Largest Welfare Programs: 71stMost Advanced Public Transport: 169thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 376th
The Benevolent Dictatorship of
Iron Fist Socialists
People, Party, Protector
Influence
Contender
Laerod
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Laerod

Population38.474 billion

CapitalCascade
LeaderAndrew Lasius

Currencytarad
Animalraven

The Benevolent Dictatorship of Laerod is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Andrew Lasius with an iron fist, and notable for its restrictive gun laws, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 38.474 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 7,263 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 6,326th in the world and 4th in Snazzy for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 9,116.54 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 71stMost Advanced Public Transport: 169thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 376thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 436thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 635thMost Advanced Public Education: 729thHighest Average Tax Rates: 757thLargest Governments: 1,030thLargest Populations: 1,043rdHighest Economic Output: 1,283rdMost Developed: 1,289thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,389thMost Pacifist: 1,404thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,497thLowest Crime Rates: 1,786thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,884thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,899thHealthiest Citizens: 1,990thSmartest Citizens: 2,070thMost Cultured: 2,249thNicest Citizens: 2,308thSafest: 2,562ndTop
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Best Weather: 3,458thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,644thHighest Food Quality: 3,914thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,560thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,038thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,326thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,574thHighest Average Incomes: 8,830thMost Inclusive: 10,026thMost Devout: 10,531stMost Stationary: 12,049thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,493rdTop
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Most Influential: 16,810thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,866thMost Income Equality: 22,523rdMost Patriotic: 22,945thHighest Drug Use: 26,130thMost Scientifically Advanced: 26,502ndMost Efficient Economies: 26,625th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced and Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Laerod's influence in Snazzy rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Safest.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Safest.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.

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