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Most Valuable International Artwork: 6thLargest Black Market: 179thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 180th
The Technocratic Federation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Profectum Omni Modis
Director Luther Cook
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population18.135 billion

LeaderDirector Luther Cook

CurrencyGold Sterling
AnimalGiant Squid

The Technocratic Federation of Laudesia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Director Luther Cook with an even hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, otherworldly petting zoo, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 18.135 billion Laudesians 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Holmond. The average income tax rate is 94.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Laudesian economy, worth a remarkable 8,295 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, broadly 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 an amazing 457,415 Gold Sterlings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's infamous boot camp is more brutal than most battlefields, the Laudesian Intelligence Agency has put 'Project Quantum Refrigerator' on hold indefinitely, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging, and the comic book series 'Director Luther Cook and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Laudesia's national animal is the Giant Squid, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Laudesia is ranked 970th in the world and 50th in The North Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 957.52 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 6thLargest Black Market: 179thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 180thLargest Agricultural Sector: 299thLargest Information Technology Sector: 449thHighest Poor Incomes: 464thMost Influential: 465thHighest Average Incomes: 553rdLargest Retail Industry: 646thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 659thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 774thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 802ndHighest Economic Output: 938thMost Scientifically Advanced: 970thRudest Citizens: 1,059thMost Developed: 1,067thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,078thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,132ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,148thMost Patriotic: 1,155thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,237thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,364thMost Efficient Economies: 1,445thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,540thSmartest Citizens: 1,630thMost Secular: 1,671stHealthiest Citizens: 1,763rdMost Cultured: 2,590thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,609thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,816thLargest Governments: 2,965thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,342ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,160thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,216thHighest Food Quality: 4,973rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,057thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,235thLowest Crime Rates: 5,668thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,202ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,815thBest Weather: 8,914thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,201stLargest Welfare Programs: 10,740thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,293rdTop
Largest Populations: 14,006thLargest Gambling Industry: 24,194thMost Average: 25,889th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 20th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 24th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 36th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 39th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 49th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 50th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 53rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 55th in the regionMost Patriotic: 59th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 67th in the regionRudest Citizens: 70th in the regionMost Developed: 71st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 80th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 82nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 83rd in the regionMost Secular: 86th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 107th in the regionMost Influential: 111th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 113th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 135th in the regionMost Cultured: 138th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 145th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 148th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 165th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 173rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 189th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 232nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 239th in the regionLargest Populations: 247th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 250th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 282nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 304th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 316th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 401st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 416th in the regionBest Weather: 503rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 528th in the regionTop
Most Average: 711th in the regionNudest: 745th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1,016th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Laudesia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "End Collective Punishment".
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, the comic book series 'Director Luther Cook and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, jaywalking is punishable by public flogging.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, the Laudesian Intelligence Agency has put 'Project Quantum Refrigerator' on hold indefinitely.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, the nation's infamous boot camp is more brutal than most battlefields.
  • : Laudesia endorsed The Empire of Your Own Medicine.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, Giant Squid populations thrive as dogs are slaughtered in the millions.
  • : Laudesia was endorsed by The Empire of Your Own Medicine.
  • : Laudesia endorsed The Federation of The Marions.
  • : Following new legislation in Laudesia, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 436 » Ethnon, Pallaith, Lulubellia, New Lakemba, Joodey, Laxoimia, Nuronte, Ayuzhhhhh, Intion North, Aerilia, The Jerichowan Country, Wilkshire, Dicko, Galom Dasir, Socialist Soviet Armenia, Luminerra, Wooloo Unitedstrtes, Napnomadia, Le Free Republic, Tachycardia, Neavira, Singamadri, Perikuresu, Atrito, United Soviet State of North Amerika, Guer Aike, Bankowiata, Yaorozu, Andanavia, Shibutani, Pleroma Sans Romans, West Zebrupco Bageropirex, Holy Marcus Empire, French Bananastan, The Windmilluminati, Nationeer, Western Vapia, Solaria Alliance, Aidiarnia, Konolas, Old Emporia, Notyoutopia, Canineia, Tyrantio Land, Zupla, Super Girl, Baja Calivada, Cornwallis Bay, Northern Socialist Council Republics, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, and 386 others.Finchin, Hellsinky, Lordelles, Hardscrabble, Zimmerdachen, Tehmistan, The Unicrons, Former English Colony, Ellbonnia, Panama Coalition, PotatoFarmers, Fran Advar, Chukstik Illahi, Socialist People of Redondo Mundo, Nikhilesh23, The Rhein States, Inspiratus, Picairn, The Republic of Maltaland, Naalfgarth, Randomcountryland, Nordic-British Union, Dromanius, Lil Nasbol, Illusia and Neverendia, Eraver, Vexilia, TJUN-ia, Verderiesdre, Lemsrow, Gendirt, Neopie, Liberum Hibernia, El Guajuila, Altivia, Eggplant Island, Anungu, Colonies of Free Temeria, Upper Canada Republic, Rainengrad, Pinguioris, Zeldania, Laurendon, AmManies, Azzarel, Dreadton, Vene Gra, Sattelbach, Dar es Saalam, Tamarvand, Great Bights Mum, Loutsland, Soviet Terran, Malta Comino Gozo, Advancia-Sizzletown, Kwaj, Alice Gardens, Lemonbiscuits, Capitista, North Bratislava, Veltvalen, Nordliches Stadt, 5 kingdoms of Britannia, Liminyj, Jancokk, Cartures, Koda-Land, Free Culture, Arctic Kingdoms, Holy Oranz, Necromonia, South Baba, Victoria Crater, Nistriabar, Logovets, The Bikini Bottom Republic, Xyrron, Gmt2001, The Bureaucratic Territories, David Davidson, Ahssn, Stud Hoy, ForestMythal, Corfad, Walter Jackson, Xagill, Siwale, Runeda, Phoronu, Brsil, Tibus Heth, United Asgardian States, Kranostav, Sil Dorsett, Marmiedon, Azur Iane, The Kingdom of Gamblers, Klodma, Frances Francis the First of France, Amerian States, Arquan, LostLegion, Unsophisticate, Svenskskit, Democatic Donkeys, Aetulia, Paradeavenlisian States, Warnen, Solcius, Joevala, Vesuva, Confederacy of North America, Deseret-Moronia, Enfindania, Pasargad, Eastern Apalstan, Bongo Mountain, Cinnibar, Quentiam Viventem, Wooleystan, Zokk, Clan Spaniel, Aeolist, Havonosa, Desvios, Yukti, Seenvorland, Republic Sickle, United States of Americanas, East Wushen, Chiho, Aeurithianar, Votak Matim, Iceria, SORT, Batatoland Empire, Detrivania, Khoik, Lucedeia, New Michag, ChristianVille of the USA, Miamington, Kobagia, Orado, Zemper Macro, Sojenre, The Vistula, Ramiru, Kastonvia, Pradovnia, Xarrel, Q w e r t y, Tyirza, Seanat, The Sinclarian Provinces, Rockamaba, Sunto, The Albatraoz, Lovarpia, 1 very fast endotarter, Simone Republic, Etanur, Yellops, Zixu, Amderlask, Omnistria, State of Dragoonia, Ice and Tinian, United States of Medford, Chadinton, The Teddy, Merconitonitopia, Zecit, Nova Arcania, Empy, New Terra-Nullius, Destroedor, Card Kingdom, Unshleepd, Forkaj, Harjad, Sikol, DIMAnism, Wisconsota, ExploitNation, Loungdako, Keld, Combined Slavic People, Arrivederci, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Diodone, Britain and Northern America, Steampunk Ariel, Mystiquelle, Parpyduckland, Menouria, Wineclaw, Aryan Homeland, Imperial Pieserged, Bapaving, XD 2, Maott, Intelbrazia, Mk Steele, Valentine Z, Aenglaland, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Irongirong, The Erie Doctrine, Jaded Grammarians, Pazair, Federation Terra Australis, Just Vibin, Dakota Territories, DarThvadrville, Amestris-Britannia, Artelesia, KAP03land, Cobolica, Ohiyo, Regallio, Bornodia, Immanuelia, Morachia, Landraya, Very Pog, Marganza, Xentherida, Vincone Cae, The Arverni Lands, Kandorith, Blyskalia, Waystar Fujiwara International, New Zenonia, Eastern Ming Empire, -Azteca Mexico, FezEmerald, Judean Utopia, Kargrimmar, 2 and 2 is Fish, Lavea, Lambwe Valley, Arucaria, Flurbleland, Raviani, Cowbridge, Panterastan, Dinoium, Auberean Waves, 01010011 01101011 01111001 01101110 0110, Bengal Empir, Blagolia, Seritatisia, Pantor, Gliese Minor, Doessay, Wadua, Emberty, Polnisches Deutschland, Verdonne, Ivy Rekkia, Kolongpar, Professor Thomas, Federated States of Nations, Gragadoia, Gin Tonic, Philipino, Warhammer Confederation, Gorundu, Capablanca, GPT-3, Westerhold, Dacian Freelands, Bagojo, Westphalie, Sinelona, Oannia, Hozhor, Fengate, The Canadian Peoples Republic, New Gothika, Randoes, Hai Han, Myrenia, Ardonii, Hops and Malt, Welfared New Ukraine, Buckerino, Hulldom, Varisland, Itsark, Constantinolia, Hoppem, Thought Obliteration, Yara del sur, Loli County, Zaldir, Leo Islands, Filibustra, Fatski land, United Kahndaq, Low Woodland, Napnap, Hippogriffia, Gurou, Aquila Islands, Imperialist Kondor, Ugarite, Meretime Pacifis, Amerislovakia, North Vengiria, Weeb cult, Omicron Persei V111, La F, Travislavania, Plangainer, New Trisone, Jupi Utopia, Gildenshtuck, Valiacorkit, United States of Dictators, Trubirohan, GamesCell, Libertarianists States, Thorstonia, Sannius, Sakupolis, Bud Prussia, Prevaland, Zemnaya Svoboda, Selfgradatude, Heilhum Imperius, The Zheng Dynasty, Trillius, Tape, Anchovan, New Geneland, The African Union States, Sagittarian, Kormisia, Artoriticitys, Bardopia, Pinky Queen, Nothing Of Value, Testnation223, Britle, Rezonovia, Unitarian Universalism, Galbadiana, Saldam, Banaus, Zyvetskistaahn, Retfor, Flasankia Trash, Scroplia, Piura, Communist Beijing Must be China, Miyasaka, Praestania, Surb Clant, Shilshka, Smib, Ishtimbine, Larcos, Treekidistan, Etaima, Berke Khan, Alfenheim, Oroyan, Sea Star Islands, Antiyard, Guslantis, Sechiole, Hopenadya, Choi Aeguka, Neutral Centrists, Meadowfields, Scres Gidgerland, Barchroyionaria, Yokciq Empire, SteelFists, Neptunian Military Administration, Sankay, Twinbrook, The Marions, and Your Own Medicine.