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The Queendom of Laikantar

“Freedom is the foundation”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific

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Laikantar

Population1.874 billion

CapitalLyssana
LeaderAlyah Kaoru Mahana De Isha

CurrencyGraal
Animalpanther

The Queendom of Laikantar is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Alyah Kaoru Mahana De Isha with an even hand, and remarkable for its national health service, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.874 billion Laikantarians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lyssana. The average income tax rate is 86.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Laikantarian economy, worth 219 trillion Graals a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 117,148 Graals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank, the amount welfare recipients spend on fertilizer has exploded, invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie, and board shorts have replaced board rooms. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laikantar's national animal is the panther, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Laikantar is ranked 153,478th in the world and 6,196th in The East Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -23.15 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,363rdNicest Citizens: 2,671stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,783rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,830thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,011thMost Inclusive: 3,035thMost Pacifist: 3,201stSafest: 3,449thMost Influential: 3,636thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,094thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,865thBest Weather: 5,464thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,575thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,351stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,580thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,658thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,781stMost Beautiful Environments: 6,977thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 8,121stHealthiest Citizens: 8,460thMost Cultured: 9,283rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,588thMost Developed: 10,247thSmartest Citizens: 11,009thLargest Governments: 11,051stHighest Poor Incomes: 11,882ndLowest Crime Rates: 11,931stMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,221stMost Secular: 12,320thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,933rd
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Largest Welfare Programs: 59th in the regionTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 68th in the regionNicest Citizens: 77th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 79th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 79th in the regionSafest: 97th in the regionMost Inclusive: 97th in the regionMost Pacifist: 101st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 117th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 124th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 137th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 154th in the regionBest Weather: 159th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 166th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 187th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 188th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 199th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 211th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 224th in the regionMost Cultured: 228th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 255th in the regionLargest Governments: 258th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 287th in the regionMost Developed: 288th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 289th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 295th in the regionMost Influential: 296th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 301st in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 314th in the regionMost Secular: 380th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 480th in the regionNudest: 494th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 516th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 536th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 565th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 603rd in the region

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