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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,055thNicest Citizens: 1,149thBest Weather: 1,174th
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Population6.968 billion

LeaderJosephine Alvarez


The Potato General of Lauchenoiria is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Josephine Alvarez with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.968 billion Lauchenoirians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Buttercity. The average income tax rate is 90.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lauchenoirian economy, worth 919 trillion pesos a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 131,904 pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down, recognizing the Lauchenoirian flag qualifies you for citizenship, royalist is the most offensive slur in the Lauchenoirian language, and hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lauchenoiria's national animal is the butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Lauchenoiria is ranked 221,638th in the world and 95th in International Democratic Union for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -18.49 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,055thNicest Citizens: 1,149thBest Weather: 1,174thMost Pacifist: 1,175thMost Influential: 1,524thMost Inclusive: 1,737thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,305thSafest: 2,341stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,365thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,506thHealthiest Citizens: 2,650thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,230thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,276thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,747thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,307thMost Developed: 4,938thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,513thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,541stLowest Crime Rates: 5,877thMost Cultured: 6,406thSmartest Citizens: 6,410thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,674thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,988thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,534thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,142ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,524thLargest Governments: 10,044thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,311thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,688thTop
Most Secular: 13,646thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,549thMost Stationary: 15,169thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,055thMost Efficient Economies: 18,094thHighest Average Incomes: 18,389thMost Politically Free: 18,571stHighest Economic Output: 18,622ndMost Subsidized Industry: 21,471st
Most Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionSafest: 10th in the region

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