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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,967th
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Lapharcia

Population760 million

CapitalGriorin

CurrencyElpasca
AnimalWeasel

The Hopeful Westphalian of Lapharcia is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, complete lack of prisons, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed population of 760 million Lapharcians 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 relatively small government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Environment, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Public Transport and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Griorin. The average income tax rate is 14.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Lapharcian economy, worth 33.6 trillion Elpascas a year, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 44,201 Elpascas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Lapharcia as a reminder of their "special relationship", government bureaucrats devote many man-hours to trying to measure unquantifiables, and the government's official position on invasive species is 'who cares?'. Crime, especially youth-related, is well under control, thanks to a capable police force. Lapharcia's national animal is the Weasel, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Lapharcia is ranked 99,009th in the world and 132nd in Westphalia for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 1,039.78 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,967th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 16th in the region

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