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Most Efficient Economies: 684thMost Scientifically Advanced: 825thLargest Governments: 1,110th
The New Hyperian Piratocracy of
Democratic Socialists
Astra Inclinant, Sed Non Obligant
Emperor Laurentus
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

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Laurentus States

Population9.69 billion

CapitalLumenera
LeaderEmperor Laurentus
FaithNone

Currencysovereign
AnimalDesert Lion

The New Hyperian Piratocracy of Laurentus States is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Laurentus with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 9.69 billion Laurentians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lumenera. The average income tax rate is 98.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Laurentian economy, worth a remarkable 2,739 trillion sovereigns a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 282,702 sovereigns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Pirates armed with sonar-guided semi-autonomous torpedos and laser weapons systems are often seen capturing fishing trawlers, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly, exports are stamped with "made by the invisible hand you commies", and social media sites go into shutdown for days at a time to censor user content. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Laurentus States's national animal is the Desert Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is None.

Laurentus States is ranked 173,745th in the world and 175th in Wintreath for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.03 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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1%
Most Efficient Economies: 684thMost Scientifically Advanced: 825thLargest Governments: 1,110thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,123rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,136thSmartest Citizens: 1,275thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,288thMost Secular: 1,532ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,615thLowest Crime Rates: 1,834thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,852ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,955thMost Developed: 2,148thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,318thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,405thHighest Average Incomes: 2,489thSafest: 2,553rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,690thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,850thMost Inclusive: 3,576thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,175thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,288thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,243rdHighest Economic Output: 5,543rdRudest Citizens: 7,559thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,640thMost Cultured: 7,944thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,507thHealthiest Citizens: 11,370thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,380thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,648thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,124thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,774thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,804thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19,311thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,041stLargest Retail Industry: 22,256th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8th in the regionSafest: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 23rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26th in the regionRudest Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 29th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Laurentus States, social media sites go into shutdown for days at a time to censor user content.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurentus States, exports are stamped with "made by the invisible hand you commies".
  • : Laurentus States was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurentus States, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurentus States, pirates armed with sonar-guided semi-autonomous torpedos and laser weapons systems are often seen capturing fishing trawlers.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurentus States, there's never enough space in space.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurentus States, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurentus States, failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurentus States, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurentus States, crackheads chase drug-loaded drones in hopes of a lucky drop.

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