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Most Valuable International Artwork: 20thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 170thLargest Black Market: 351st
The Technocratic Federation of
Father Knows Best State
Vitam Impendere Vero
Director Luther Cook
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population16.7 billion

LeaderDirector Luther Cook

AnimalOne eyed smelly snail

The Technocratic Federation of Laudesia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Director Luther Cook with an iron fist, and notable for its vat-grown people, absence of drug laws, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.7 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Holmond. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 78.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Laudesian economy, worth a remarkable 6,009 trillion Sterlings a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 359,878 Sterlings, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,060,612 per year while the poor average 96,087, a ratio of 11.0 to 1.

Glamping Laudesians won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi, 90% of active duty LAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones, cheap goods stamped "Made In Dàguó" are increasingly rare, and drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Laudesia's national animal is the One eyed smelly snail, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Laudesia is ranked 21,682nd in the world and 998th in The North Pacific for Lowest Crime Rates, with 80.42 law-abiding acts per hour.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 20thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 170thLargest Black Market: 351stLargest Agricultural Sector: 829thMost Secular: 894thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,025thLargest Retail Industry: 1,043rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,114thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,160thHighest Average Incomes: 1,215thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,409thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,584thHighest Economic Output: 1,618thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,712thMost Influential: 1,782ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,782ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,954thMost Developed: 2,048thMost Efficient Economies: 2,205thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,207thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,226thMost Patriotic: 2,290thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,569thSmartest Citizens: 2,726thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,375thHealthiest Citizens: 3,636thRudest Citizens: 4,362ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,592ndMost Cultured: 5,649thLargest Governments: 6,186thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,795thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,912thHighest Food Quality: 8,417thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,662ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,201stHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,438thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,753rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,057thTop
Most Armed: 12,188thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,741stLargest Populations: 14,522ndBest Weather: 15,517thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,487thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 21,440thLowest Crime Rates: 21,682ndLargest Welfare Programs: 23,628th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 36th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 37th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 45th in the regionMost Secular: 47th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 48th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 54th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 55th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 57th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 61st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 64th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 67th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 87th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 87th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 90th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 91st in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 100th in the regionMost Patriotic: 102nd in the regionMost Developed: 126th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 131st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 131st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 157th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 178th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 209th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 228th in the regionRudest Citizens: 235th in the regionMost Cultured: 284th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 310th in the regionMost Armed: 311th in the regionLargest Governments: 323rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 335th in the regionLargest Populations: 336th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 358th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 408th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 441st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 447th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 481st in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 605th in the regionMost Influential: 652nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 680th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 768th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 803rd in the regionBest Weather: 834th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web.
  • : Laudesia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, cheap goods stamped "Made In Dàguó" are increasingly rare.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, 90% of active duty LAF personnel have been laid off and replaced by robot kill-drones.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, glamping Laudesians won't sleep in a tent that doesn't include a Jacuzzi.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, creating cardboard imitations of missiles is a new top-secret military project.
  • : Laudesia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Drug Decriminalization Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, the legal system for the political class is completely separate from the one for normal citizens.
  • : Laudesia was endorsed by The Holy Nationstsates Cow of Dakota Territories.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, native tribes have been driven to extinction by hunting.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 437 » Ethnon, Tringapore, Pallaith, Dabarastan, Lulubellia, New Lakemba, Joodey, Laxoimia, Ravendi, Nuronte, Ayuzhhhhh, Whole India, Jinju-Do, Intion North, Aerilia, The Jerichowan Country, Wilkshire, Dicko, Galom Dasir, Socialist Soviet Armenia, Luminerra, Wooloo Unitedstrtes, Antonimus, Napnomadia, Bharathvarsh, Le Free Republic, Tachycardia, Neavira, Singamadri, Cliecia, Hamerica, Perikuresu, Atrito, Xipher, United Soviet State of North Amerika, Kayanc-Boaine, Guer Aike, Bankowiata, Yaorozu, Andanavia, Octovania, Shibutani, Pleroma Sans Romans, West Zebrupco Bageropirex, African-Empire, Holy Marcus Empire, French Bananastan, The Windmilluminati, Eri-Maqa-Ena, The Enlightened Tugas, and 387 others.Busea Planian, House Ahsanul, Nationeer, Western Vapia, Solaria Alliance, Aidiarnia, Yokciq Empire, Konolas, Nuestra Vida, Old Emporia, Notyoutopia, Canineia, Tyrantio Land, Volstokn, Novo cruzeiro, Kooderpictokingratch, Zupla, Super Girl, Baja Calivada, Stron Doshia, Cornwallis Bay, Northern Socialist Council Republics, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, Finchin, Hellsinky, BohemiaIV, Lordelles, Hardscrabble, Zdagoburg, The Endless Eventide, Sycruliovin, Zimmerdachen, Haprus Nanari, Luxarra, Tehmistan, Keurig Machines, The Unicrons, Former English Colony, North Unity, Spotted Bobtail, Ellbonnia, Ukamilifu, Panama Coalition, Noesantara, PotatoFarmers, Fran Advar, Chukstik Illahi, Socialist People of Redondo Mundo, IndianFederation, Nikhilesh23, The Rhein States, Inspiratus, Picairn, The Republic of Maltaland, Naalfgarth, Randomcountryland, Erisoria, Nordic-British Union, Dromanius, DeadlyAntics, Lil Nasbol, Ver Testua, Figyjharli, Sarkoy, Jaistein, Illusia and Neverendia, Jakit, Eraver, Vexilia, TJUN-ia, Verderiesdre, Lemsrow, Gendirt, Neopie, Lon Zucand, Liberum Hibernia, Bradshaw Islands, El Guajuila, Altivia, Eggplant Island, Anungu, Colonies of Free Temeria, Upper Canada Republic, Testnation223, Rainengrad, Jaxikistan, Sweden79, Expere Fiyans, Pinguioris, Zeldania, Laurendon, AmManies, Selfgradatude, Azzarel, Dreadton, Vene Gra, Sattelbach, Free States of Earth, Dar es Saalam, Tamarvand, Weeb cult, Great Bights Mum, Asterluz, Loutsland, Soviet Terran, Bend Mai, Malta Comino Gozo, Advancia-Sizzletown, Kwaj, United Republic of Free States, Alice Gardens, Lemonbiscuits, Capitista, North Bratislava, Svandammen, Veltvalen, Nordliches Stadt, 5 kingdoms of Britannia, Esplandia, Liminyj, Jancokk, Cartures, Koda-Land, Free Culture, Arctic Kingdoms, Dangine, New Celoveniortan, Holy Oranz, Necromonia, South Baba, Victoria Crater, Nistriabar, Lorinth, Logovets, The Bikini Bottom Republic, Xyrron, Gmt2001, Bearical, Govornia, The Bureaucratic Territories, Dreylus, Texas States, David Davidson, Grenede, The Scorched Empire, Francois Isidore, Ahssn, JK239, Stud Hoy, ForestMythal, WeKnow, Corfad, Walter Jackson, Solimun, Xagill, Morover, The Cold Northern North, Typhora, Siwale, Runeda, Phoronu, Brsil, Tibus Heth, RetroBeaners, Pooldova, Sahriastan, United Asgardian States, Kranostav, Climeria, Sil Dorsett, Marmiedon, Azur Iane, The Kingdom of Gamblers, Klodma, Frances Francis the First of France, Demirect, Amerian States, Arquan, LostLegion, Unsophisticate, Svenskskit, Strongwill, Democatic Donkeys, Aetulia, Paradeavenlisian States, Warnen, Aruvicion, Solcius, Joevala, Vesuva, West Grippiratia, Confederacy of North America, Deseret-Moronia, Enfindania, Pasargad, Arimbia, Fredericksborg, Eastern Apalstan, Bongo Mountain, NationalPizza, Mitropola, Cinnibar, Phaerra, Quentiam Viventem, Larger Green Plants, Wooleystan, Zokk, Clan Spaniel, Dep Ression, Aeolist, Havonosa, Changjo, Potatolandium, Desvios, HolyDoge, Ilmatil, Yukti, Erowo, Seenvorland, Republic Sickle, United States of Americanas, East Wushen, The Republic of Free Peoples, Chiho, Aeurithianar, Democratic Peoples Republic of Helheim, Votak Matim, Iceria, Aguaria Major, Waldekit, Visdenburg, SORT, Batatoland Empire, Detrivania, Khoik, Lucedeia, North Arkana, New Michag, Mecca-Switzerland, ChristianVille of the USA, Miamington, Kobagia, Orado, Zemper Macro, Sojenre, Paltan, Seltsames Auge, The Vistula, Russila, Ramiru, Lorigia, The Gideon Islands, Kastonvia, Lionia, Pradovnia, Wodan, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Xarrel, Q w e r t y, Tyirza, Amblegreserland, Seanat, Marianople, The Sinclarian Provinces, Rockamaba, The Great Imperial Roman Empire, Sunto, The Albatraoz, Lovarpia, Crusadam, 1 very fast endotarter, Simone Republic, Katongga, Orenmark, Western Uncemelshin, Etanur, Yellops, Commoterre, Zixu, Amderlask, Omnistria, State of Dragoonia, Praeceps, Excedra, Viridiann, Claninas Angethum, Ice and Tinian, BrightFutures, Easiest, Baslakva, United States of Medford, Chadinton, Plastictip, The Teddy, Kim Da-mi, Saint Kus Viseatanumpance, Merconitonitopia, Zecit, Nova Arcania, Gainesixtan, Sachi, Empy, The Brunchovian Republic of Pina Colada, New Terra-Nullius, Destroedor, Card Kingdom, Unshleepd, Milhanex, Forkaj, Valkonheim, Krtzbekistan, The Western States of Canada, Tyroshh, Harjad, Galbadiana, Sikol, Ugarite, DIMAnism, Kudusinia, Wisconsota, ExploitNation, The United Empire States, Prultius, Loungdako, Zemnaya Svoboda, Keld, Combined Slavic People, Wonderful Pan Tribe, Arrivederci, GigaTron9, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Star Kingdom, Heilhum Imperius, Sunea, Arxeste, Madjack, North Oceonia, Diodone, Mor Capirle, Ribentroops, Britain and Northern America, JosheNation, Sundred, Steampunk Ariel, Mystiquelle, PeaceFullyBaked, Parpyduckland, Menouria, Bees Land, Federal Republic of Genosha, Wineclaw, Rosewood-, Tsandonown, Aryan Homeland, Imperial Pieserged, Bapaving, Ilaya, XD 2, Wapistan, Maott, Foxi Fari, The Zimbabwean Dollar, Hermeia, Wondama, Sumoriant, Intelbrazia, R libanon, Mk Steele, Kontino, Thoven, Haarlen, Valentine Z, Aenglaland, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Victory Heights, Morcusa Clicanskaukk, Irongirong, 0OGA, Transyania, The Erie Doctrine, Settia, Jaded Grammarians, Pazair, Federation Terra Australis, GreatPindorama, Just Vibin, and Dakota Territories.

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