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Laiakia

Population3.131 billion

CapitalIosefgrad
LeaderIosef Djigasholov
FaithState Atheism

CurrencyLibra
AnimalBear

The United Socialist States of Laiakia is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Iosef Djigasholov with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, otherworldly petting zoo, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 3.131 billion Laiakians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iosefgrad. The average income tax rate is 88.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Laiakian economy, worth 270 trillion Libras a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 86,429 Libras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Producers insist that movie stars wear crash helmets in every scene, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, and the navy plans patrols according to how many pubs nearby ports have. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laiakia's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is State Atheism.

Laiakia is ranked 35,090th in the world and 3rd in Skyreach for Most Developed, scoring 72.33 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 12,425thLowest Crime Rates: 15,584thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,690thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,830thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,652ndBest Weather: 17,916thLargest Governments: 17,942ndMost Beautiful Environments: 18,387thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,940thLargest Black Market: 19,401stMost Authoritarian: 20,657thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,542ndMost Advanced Public Education: 23,952nd
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the region

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