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The Republic of Lanaograd

“God is great!”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Philippines



Population16.571 billion

CapitalMarawi City


The Republic of Lanaograd is a gargantuan, efficient nation, remarkable for its daily referendums, irreverence towards religion, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic population of 16.571 billion Lanaogradians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marawi City. The average income tax rate is 80.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Lanaogradian economy, worth a remarkable 1,210 trillion philpesoes a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 73,025 philpesoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Parents who fail mandatory parenting classes risk having their children taken away, planes can be grounded for months simply because an inspector "didn't like the color", the aims of top-secret Lanaogradian science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman, and politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lanaograd's national animal is the camaroncocido, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Lanaograd is ranked 4,197th in the world and 3rd in Philippines for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 9,375.63 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,197thBest Weather: 5,077thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,884thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,435thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,995thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,732ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,022ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,032ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,811thMost Influential: 10,369thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,997thTop
Largest Populations: 12,202ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,563rdSafest: 12,880thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,885thHighest Economic Output: 14,554thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,154thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,172ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,318thMost Cultured: 17,279thMost Developed: 18,588thLowest Crime Rates: 18,761stSmartest Citizens: 18,797thLargest Governments: 19,695thHealthiest Citizens: 22,444thMost Compassionate Citizens: 22,931stNicest Citizens: 22,978th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionSafest: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 11th in the region

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