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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,482ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,907thSafest: 1,957th
The Holy Empire of
Left-wing Utopia
From ashes to fire
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Laurennia

Population7.189 billion

CapitalLaurenbourg
LeaderGod-Emperor Neythæn
FaithLaureism

CurrencyLaurin
AnimalPhoenix

The Holy Empire of Laurennia is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by God-Emperor Neythæn with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and state-planned economy. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.189 billion Laurennians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Laurenbourg. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Laurennian economy, worth a remarkable 1,098 trillion Laurins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 152,817 Laurins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Political satirists and late night comedians weep as the government begins cleaning up its act, the optimally efficient parking strategy for business commuters is referred to as the "traveling salesman problem", "Idol-Worship for the Apathetic" workshops are cancelled when no-one bothers to show up, and reassembling shredded papers is the highlight of a spy's day. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laurennia's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Laureism.

Laurennia is ranked 3,901st in the world and 2nd in The Democratic Republic for Most Beautiful Environments, with 2,528.02 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,482ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,907thSafest: 1,957thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,125thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 2,693rdMost Pacifist: 2,700thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,704thMost Inclusive: 2,912thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,946thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,083rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,368thMost Developed: 3,378thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,586thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,596thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,669thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,726thHealthiest Citizens: 3,733rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,886thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,901stBest Weather: 3,968thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,111thSmartest Citizens: 4,361stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,367thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,688thLargest Governments: 5,387thMost Cultured: 5,403rdLowest Crime Rates: 6,072ndHighest Poor Incomes: 6,289thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,617thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,686thMost Secular: 11,911thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,940thHighest Average Incomes: 13,608thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,266thHighest Economic Output: 16,629thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,512thMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,102ndHighest Drug Use: 21,164thMost Income Equality: 24,332nd
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Nicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the region

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