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The Superior Goat Nation of Lanagon

“To be a rock and not to roll.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific

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Lanagon

Population19.062 billion

CapitalLanagonia
LeaderKozel

Currencygoat
Animalgoat

The Superior Goat Nation of Lanagon is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Kozel with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 19.062 billion Lanagonians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lanagonia. The average income tax rate is 97.5%.

The very strong Lanagonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,989 trillion goats a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 104,369 goats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game, international tensions are high as Lanagon threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens, all new "spies" are fifteen-year-old acne-ridden kids on computers, and dozens of additional foreign policy specialists have been sent to the country's WA Mission. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lanagon's national animal is the goat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Lanagon is ranked 36,952nd in the world and 1,078th in The East Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 130.61 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Stationary: 1,286thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,310thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,429thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,477thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,578thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,593rdTop
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Most Influential: 1,778thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,595thSafest: 2,687thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,823rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,975thMost Pacifist: 3,385thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,392ndBest Weather: 3,734thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,771stMost Advanced Public Education: 4,266thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,665thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,832ndLargest Governments: 4,894thLargest Populations: 5,885thMost Cultured: 6,151stHighest Economic Output: 6,215thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,466thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,452ndSmartest Citizens: 8,271stLowest Crime Rates: 8,361stTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,579thNicest Citizens: 8,855thHighest Drug Use: 9,015thHealthiest Citizens: 9,276thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,532ndHighest Poor Incomes: 13,033rdMost Subsidized Industry: 14,136th
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Most Stationary: 28th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 32nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 33rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 33rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 51st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 57th in the regionLargest Populations: 59th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 65th in the regionTop
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Safest: 82nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 94th in the regionMost Influential: 102nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 110th in the regionMost Pacifist: 115th in the regionBest Weather: 115th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 121st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 121st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 121st in the regionLargest Governments: 121st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 127th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 142nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 161st in the regionMost Cultured: 161st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 202nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 207th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 216th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 230th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 256th in the regionNicest Citizens: 264th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 317th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 334th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 352nd in the regionTop
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Nudest: 462nd in the regionMost Developed: 524th in the regionMost Inclusive: 549th in the regionMost Politically Free: 592nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 744th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 116 » Blazing Samaritan, Lyontisia, Freedom Fascists, A Slanted Black Stripe, Southern Yugoslavia, Kangarawa, Mundiferrum, Adolanta, Urimel, New Leganes, Norport, Roissyland, Survivoristan, Propwash, Hobbesistan, Brotherland, Bolshikstan, Trimmania, The Romanum Legio, Axdel, Arkantis, Davinhia, Roliganistan, Asendavia, Airrajul, Ribanzi, ReeK, Xhaco, H-Zhena, Am Echad, Squid Ruinosa, Wiranath, Greater New Islew, Sansangra, Endertopias, Riveraland, The Holy Empire of Moronica, Socialist Holy American Empire, The Sacred Whale, CopyCato, Mastariere, Ver Norge, Someseni, Peryn, Dark Edgyness, Verketa, Hizuru, British Calradia, Thyaclinia, The Happian Union, and 66 others.Republic of Berzerkistan, Ridann, VW53Aland, Marrico, Neruch, Shantan, Solarfall, Bullpups, Guthra, The Angel of Charity, Babcocia, Indrapore, Indovinesia, Renovatio de Imperium Coreanum, The Holy Utopian Republic, Matdor, BearStackof2015, Janoobi Jazair, Broengtopia, Just Vale 2, Talitoa, Stellar Colonies, Valdwall, The Cult of the Great Cthulhu, Kalaratri, The New Wisconsin Empire, The United Asian Republics, Pakitsk, VoyKovie, Kilkire, The United Neo American Union, Rhealaliit, Abadong, Plazland, Libertanny, Enlil, Escade, Stanisiti, Grossvietnam, Liberstankonia, Lerasi, Magosconity, Laquara, RovaMittala, Commodore Badger, Great Algerstonia, Hedonistica, Johnny Appleseed1, La xinga, Sreneck, Servants of Gizmo, Avakael, Zukchiva, Dragons Blood, Anarthoria, BNV, Brethren, -HumanSanity-, BorPup, Feu de Glace, Tim Stark, Ballpit2, Rand ERN, Ramaeus, Marrabuk, and Celannica.

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