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The Galactic Federation of Lakarian

“This has all happened before, it will all happen again”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Osiris

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Lakarian

Population37.552 billion

CapitalNew Denver
LeaderBaltar
FaithChurch of the Savior

Currencytoken
Animalelderly pekinese

The Galactic Federation of Lakarian is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Baltar with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, free-roaming dinosaurs, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 37.552 billion Lakarianites are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Denver. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Lakarianian economy, worth a remarkable 6,027 trillion tokens a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 160,513 tokens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

There has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Baltar's most personal functions, environmental legislation occurs cyclically, and behind every great person are three dozen other people passing great memos. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Lakarian's national animal is the elderly pekinese, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of the Savior.

Lakarian is ranked 226,125th in the world and 8,465th in Osiris for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -80.31 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Devout: 118thBest Weather: 225thMost Efficient Economies: 238thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 262ndLargest Populations: 356thMost Beautiful Environments: 383rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 441stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 814thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,160thHighest Economic Output: 1,302ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,992ndTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,325thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,603rdRudest Citizens: 3,027thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,370thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,640thMost Armed: 5,005thLowest Crime Rates: 6,445thMost Cultured: 6,926thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,285thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,787thMost Influential: 8,100thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,361stTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 11,547thMost Developed: 15,176thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,844thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,708thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,998thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,291stSmartest Citizens: 20,876thMost Stationary: 21,496th
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Most Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 40th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 53rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 59th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 69th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 94th in the regionRudest Citizens: 120th in the regionLargest Black Market: 128th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 136th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 139th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 217th in the regionMost Armed: 250th in the regionMost Stationary: 272nd in the regionMost Cultured: 337th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 361st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 370th in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 426th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 585th in the regionMost Developed: 798th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, behind every great person are three dozen other people passing great memos.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, environmental legislation occurs cyclically.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Baltar's most personal functions.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, urban parents tell their children that the family car went to a farm upstate.
  • : Lakarian was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, holidaymakers sleep curled up on the floor as hotel beds are replaced with oversized bookcases.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, lines of trenches demarcate the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, the meaning of life was recently discovered in the patch notes for Version 1.42.
  • : Following new legislation in Lakarian, frat-house partying has become the national pastime.

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