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Largest Welfare Programs: 64th Most Advanced Public Transport: 217th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 323rd
The Benevolent Dictatorship of
Iron Fist Socialists
People, Party, Protector
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population31.25 billion

LeaderAndrew Lasius


The Benevolent Dictatorship of Laerod is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Andrew Lasius with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, national health service, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 31.25 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 5,900 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. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 188,803 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 174,529th in the world and 16th in Snazzy for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -37.58 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 64thMost Advanced Public Transport: 217thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 323rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 405thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 496thHighest Average Tax Rates: 563rdMost Advanced Public Education: 607thLargest Governments: 720thMost Pacifist: 809thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 989thMost Developed: 990thHighest Economic Output: 1,010thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,012thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,144thLargest Populations: 1,162ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,264thLowest Crime Rates: 1,349thHealthiest Citizens: 1,509thNicest Citizens: 1,565thSmartest Citizens: 1,579thTop
Most Cultured: 1,938thSafest: 2,152ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,196thBest Weather: 2,626thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,751stLargest Publishing Industry: 4,481stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,946thHighest Drug Use: 6,160thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,185thHighest Average Incomes: 6,820thMost Devout: 7,350thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,119thMost Inclusive: 8,199thTop
Nudest: 11,124thMost Income Equality: 14,980th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the region

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