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Most Valuable International Artwork: 41stLargest Black Market: 138thHighest Poor Incomes: 179th
The Technocratic Federation of
Father Knows Best State
Profectum Omni Modis
Director Luther Cook
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population22.464 billion

LeaderDirector Luther Cook

CurrencyGold Sterling

The Technocratic Federation of Laudesia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Director Luther Cook with an iron fist, and remarkable for its national health service, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 22.464 billion Laudesians 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Holmond. The average income tax rate is 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Laudesian economy, worth an astonishing 11,700 trillion Gold Sterlings 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Tourism. 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 a breathtaking 520,864 Gold Sterlings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People's charity begins and ends at home, cases of disease among the civilian population dwindle as civilian population dwindles, adult magazines are having a sales resurgence as internet anonymity disappears, and the Department of Reduction of Bureaucratic Red Tape has set up a working committee to investigate its own excessive paperwork. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laudesia's national animal is the Lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Laudesia is ranked 4,266th in the world and 77th in the West Pacific for Best Weather, with 357 meters of sunlight.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 41stLargest Black Market: 138thHighest Poor Incomes: 179thLargest Information Technology Sector: 353rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 362ndHighest Average Incomes: 370thMost Secular: 457thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 461stHighest Economic Output: 603rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 675thMost Corrupt Governments: 824thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 887thMost Developed: 891stLongest Average Lifespans: 954thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,001stLargest Retail Industry: 1,169thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,206thSmartest Citizens: 1,253rdMost Patriotic: 1,337thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,341stHealthiest Citizens: 1,363rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,443rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,486thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,498thMost Efficient Economies: 1,523rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,581stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,663rdLargest Governments: 1,820thRudest Citizens: 1,917thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,939thMost Cultured: 2,072ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,172ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,218thMost Influential: 2,366thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,667thLowest Crime Rates: 2,710thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 3,107thHighest Food Quality: 3,559thBest Weather: 4,266thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,202ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,599thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,861stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,011thLargest Populations: 12,882ndTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 24,000th
Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 10th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionMost Patriotic: 14th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 25th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 26th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 27th in the regionMost Influential: 28th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 29th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 29th in the regionRudest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Cultured: 33rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 36th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 37th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 38th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 42nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 47th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 51st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 70th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 71st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 76th in the regionBest Weather: 77th in the regionLargest Populations: 87th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 118th in the regionTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 286th in the regionNudest: 367th in the region

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