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Largest Welfare Programs: 62ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 180thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 373rd
The Benevolent Dictatorship of
Iron Fist Socialists
People, Party, Protector
Influence
Negotiator
Laerod
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Laerod

Population36.169 billion

CapitalCascade
LeaderAndrew Lasius

Currencytarad
Animalraven

The Benevolent Dictatorship of Laerod is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Andrew Lasius with an iron fist, and renowned for its national health service, compulsory military service, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 36.169 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 6,828 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 62nd in the world and 1st in Snazzy for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 23,930.91 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 62ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 180thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 373rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 430thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 512thHighest Average Tax Rates: 648thMost Advanced Public Education: 696thLargest Governments: 879thMost Developed: 1,042ndLargest Populations: 1,070thHighest Economic Output: 1,160thMost Pacifist: 1,194thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,232ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,245thLowest Crime Rates: 1,599thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,601stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,682ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,723rdSmartest Citizens: 1,893rdNicest Citizens: 1,984thMost Cultured: 2,085thTop
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Safest: 2,293rdBest Weather: 3,211thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,297thHighest Food Quality: 3,623rdMost Rebellious Youth: 4,732ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,994thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,815thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,545thHighest Average Incomes: 8,072ndMost Devout: 8,956thMost Inclusive: 9,580thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,132ndMost Stationary: 14,085thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,088thHighest Drug Use: 16,140thMost Influential: 17,657thMost Income Equality: 17,795thMost Patriotic: 19,065th
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Most Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 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 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Food Quality and the Top 10% for Most Patriotic.
  • : Laerod's influence in Snazzy fell from "Contender" to "Negotiator".
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Laerod's influence in Snazzy rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".
  • : Laerod lodged a message on the Snazzy Regional Message Board.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Laerod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.

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