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Laiakia

Population3.124 billion

CapitalIosefgrad
LeaderIosef Djigasholov
FaithState Atheism

CurrencyLibra
AnimalBear

The United Socialist States of Laiakia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Iosef Djigasholov with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 3.124 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 215,066th in the world and 17th in Skyreach for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.4 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,234thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,025thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,353rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,564thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,021stMost Secular: 10,253rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,480thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 12,417thLowest Crime Rates: 15,565thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,685thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,824thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,640thBest Weather: 17,900thLargest Governments: 17,937thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,394thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,935thLargest Black Market: 19,399thMost Authoritarian: 20,691stHighest Poor Incomes: 21,545thMost Advanced Public Education: 23,952nd
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the region

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