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The Kingdom of Lakalvesoman

“You Can't Stop Progress”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Lakalvesoman

Population866 million

CurrencyIronium
AnimalCrocodile

The Kingdom of Lakalvesoman is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, parental licensing program, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 866 million Lakalvesomanians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 66.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Lakalvesomanian economy, worth 82.0 trillion Ironiums a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 94,722 Ironiums, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Lakalvesoman's heavy congestion charges are the bane of motorists' lives, no one knows how to tie a reef knot, historic buildings are being demolished to allow for road-widening in the city centre, and unwary hikers climbing the bluffs of Mount Lakalvesoman City make great practice for foreign snipers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lakalvesoman's national animal is the Crocodile, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Lakalvesoman is ranked 162,789th in the world and 6,597th in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 9 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,730thMost Influential: 3,364thMost Conservative: 6,290thMost Authoritarian: 6,990thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,967thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,408thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,284th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 213th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 254th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 267th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 302nd in the regionMost Conservative: 321st in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 358th in the regionMost Influential: 378th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 434th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 511th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 557th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 607th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 612th in the regionMost Extreme: 655th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 671st in the region

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