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Most Devout: 80th Best Weather: 109th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 246th
The Galactic Federation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
This has all happened before, it will all happen again
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Lakarian

Population31.996 billion

CapitalNew Denver
LeaderBaltar
FaithChurch of the Savior

Currencytoken
Animalelderly pekinese

The Galactic Federation of Lakarian is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Baltar with an even hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 31.996 billion Lakarianites have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Denver. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Lakarianian economy, worth a remarkable 3,687 trillion tokens a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 115,247 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The new Really Big Telescope has been praised for presenting pictures of bright dots in unprecedented detail, a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation, Lakarianites have recently stopped mysteriously setting off metal detectors, and nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Lakarian's national animal is the elderly pekinese, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of the Savior.

Lakarian is ranked 165,545th in the world and 5,173rd in Osiris for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -20.79 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Devout: 80thBest Weather: 109thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 246thMost Beautiful Environments: 260thLargest Populations: 268thLongest Average Lifespans: 418thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 563rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 661stMost Efficient Economies: 695thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,339thTop
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Largest Black Market: 1,893rdHighest Economic Output: 1,944thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,996thRudest Citizens: 2,761stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,012thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,588thMost Influential: 6,864thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 8,502ndHighest Poor Incomes: 10,489thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,141st
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Most Devout: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 21st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 27th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 27th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 38th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 57th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 66th in the regionRudest Citizens: 90th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 101st in the regionLargest Black Market: 105th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 108th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 378th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 400th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 407th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, nuclear warheads are frequently launched into space as a warning to invading meteoroids.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, Lakarianites have recently stopped mysteriously setting off metal detectors.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, the new Really Big Telescope has been praised for presenting pictures of bright dots in unprecedented detail.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Lakarian was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces.

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