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Largest Agricultural Sector: 9,098thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,034thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,844th
The Royal Federation of
Corporate Bordello
Deus, Miserere Mei
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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Laurenthea

Population1.134 billion

CapitalLa Couronne
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyLaurenthean Pound
AnimalGolden Eagle

The Royal Federation of Laurenthea is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.134 billion Laurentheans are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of La Couronne. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.5%.

The all-consuming Laurenthean economy, worth 98.7 trillion Laurenthean Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 87,073 Laurenthean Pounds, with the richest citizens earning 9.1 times as much as the poorest.

Industry tycoons rarely hide their misdeeds due to the government's habit of bailing them out, Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes, police officers often conceal their identities to safeguard against public complaints, and a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Laurenthea's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Laurenthea is ranked 183,240th in the world and 208th in The Free Nations Region for Most Primitive, scoring -89.72 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 9,098thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,034thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,844thSafest: 21,029thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,105th
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Most Pro-Market: 20th in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 21st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 22nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 25th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 28th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Laurenthea, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurenthea, police officers often conceal their identities to safeguard against public complaints.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurenthea, Members of Parliament are often found living in cardboard boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurenthea, industry tycoons rarely hide their misdeeds due to the government's habit of bailing them out.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurenthea, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk.
  • : Laurenthea's influence in The Free Nations Region rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in Laurenthea, religious households enthusiastically use whips in private.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurenthea, subsidisation of Big Pharma has stopped many corporate executives from having to sell their second homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurenthea, marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurenthea, the La Couronne Film Festival recently voted 'Laurenthean Getting Hit By Football' as best film.

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