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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,592nd Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,264th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,170th
The Commonwealth of
Father Knows Best State
I ran out of motto ideas
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

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Laretia

Population814 million

Currencycredit
Animalfalcon

The Commonwealth of Laretia is a huge, efficient nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 814 million Laretians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 48.6%.

The all-consuming Laretian economy, worth 82.2 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 101,006 credits, with the richest citizens earning 5.5 times as much as the poorest.

The government has enacted freedom of information, politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament, the government is paving paradises to put up parking lots, and boom-and-bust cycles are being peddled as economically inevitable. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laretia's national animal is the falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Laretia is ranked 137,441st in the world and 4,877th in The East Pacific for Highest Drug Use, scoring 15.6 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,592ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,264thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,170thMost Influential: 6,148thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,096thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,658th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 69th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 72nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 185th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 239th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 438th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 457th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 466th in the regionBest Weather: 485th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 506th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 512th in the regionMost Cultured: 543rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 546th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Laretia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Laretia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Affordable Transgender Hormone Therapy".
  • : Following new legislation in Laretia, boom-and-bust cycles are being peddled as economically inevitable.
  • : Following new legislation in Laretia, the government is paving paradises to put up parking lots.
  • : Following new legislation in Laretia, politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament.
  • : Following new legislation in Laretia, the government has enacted freedom of information.
  • : Following new legislation in Laretia, concerned environmentalists wipe away their tears with tissues sourced from Tasmanian old-growth redwoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Laretia, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Laretia, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose.
  • : Following new legislation in Laretia, people are bored of easy crossword puzzles.

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