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Largest Agricultural Sector: 598th Most Primitive: 612th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,312th
The Grand Duchy of
Father Knows Best State
For people and nation
The Imperial Chancellor
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population4.235 billion

LeaderGrand Duke Anton


The Grand Duchy of Laurenburg is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Grand Duke Anton with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 4.235 billion Laurenburgers 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 Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Laurenburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 26.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Laurenburgian economy, worth 428 trillion laurenmarks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Basket Weaving, and Retail. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 101,256 laurenmarks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 393,555 per year while the poor average 17,820, a ratio of 22.1 to 1.

The mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas, former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone, it is firmly believed that cameras steal souls, and everybody's got wood thanks to Grand Duke Anton. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laurenburg's national animal is the Swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Laurenburg is ranked 12,790th in the world and 28th in KAISERREICH for Largest Black Market, with 20.4 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 598thMost Primitive: 612thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,312thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,618thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 7,708thFattest Citizens: 7,848thMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,684thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,906thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,986thHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,092ndLargest Retail Industry: 12,126thMost Devout: 12,747thLargest Black Market: 12,790thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,897th
Most Primitive: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionFattest Citizens: 14th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the region

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