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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,017thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,791stRudest Citizens: 7,945th
The Republic of
Corporate Bordello
Audemus iura nostra defendere
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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Laneria

Population5.725 billion

CapitalWilliamsburg
LeaderGeorge Arthur

Currencydollar
Animalbald eagle

The Republic of Laneria is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by George Arthur with a fair hand, and notable for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 5.725 billion Lanerians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, pro-business government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Williamsburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.5%.

The all-consuming Lanerian economy, worth 423 trillion dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Pizza Delivery, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 74,043 dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 211,348 per year while the poor average 20,674, a ratio of 10.2 to 1.

Social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks, corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians, teens are voting on which C-List pop star will be next to be evicted from the opera house, and the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a capable police force. Laneria's national animal is the bald eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Laneria is ranked 226,755th in the world and 29th in Western Atlantic for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.8 bananas ingested per day.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,017thTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,791stRudest Citizens: 7,945thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,706thFattest Citizens: 11,819thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 15,912thLargest Agricultural Sector: 20,210thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 22,987th
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Most Pro-Market: 1st in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Laneria's influence in Western Atlantic rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Following new legislation in Laneria, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme.
  • : Following new legislation in Laneria, teens are voting on which C-List pop star will be next to be evicted from the opera house.
  • : Following new legislation in Laneria, corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Laneria, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks.
  • : Laneria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Laneria, old warplanes and tanks that break down can't be repaired since no one makes the parts anymore.
  • : Laneria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Laneria, agriculture is heavily subsidized by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Laneria, the new iVote app allows representatives to vote on legislation by launching ill-tempered birds and matching candies.

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