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The Rogue Nation of Lancelia

“All hail Grand High Admiral Lance!”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Corporations of the World

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Lancelia

Population20.534 billion

CapitalLance City
LeaderGrand High Admiral Lance
FaithThe Way of Lance

Currencylancian dollar
Animaltiger shark

The Rogue Nation of Lancelia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Grand High Admiral Lance with an iron fist, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, ubiquitous missile silos, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 20.534 billion Lancelians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lance City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Lancelian economy, worth an astonishing 14,992 trillion lancian dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Average income is a breathtaking 730,144 lancian dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,839,384 per year while the poor average 6,562, a ratio of 1,042 to 1.

Angst-filled teenagers are rushing off to buy government bonds for some odd reason, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens, everybody's got wood thanks to Grand High Admiral Lance, and colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Lancelia's national animal is the tiger shark, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Way of Lance.

Lancelia is ranked 49,710th in the world and 3rd in The Corporations of the World for Most Extreme, scoring 26.71 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17thMost Efficient Economies: 23rdFattest Citizens: 25thLargest Gambling Industry: 31stHighest Disposable Incomes: 32ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 37thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 38thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 49thLargest Insurance Industry: 49thMost Avoided: 54thMost Corrupt Governments: 56thHighest Average Incomes: 62ndMost Armed: 65thLargest Retail Industry: 69thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 79thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 83rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 90thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 92ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 106thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 109thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 116thHighest Economic Output: 158thLargest Mining Sector: 169thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 249thLargest Agricultural Sector: 273rdHighest Crime Rates: 274thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 277thRudest Citizens: 322ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 797thMost Scientifically Advanced: 804thLargest Governments: 834thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 892ndMost Devout: 2,038thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,587thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,010thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,038thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,771stLargest Populations: 5,846thLargest Black Market: 6,876thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,296thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 19,836thMost Pro-Market: 20,530th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, everybody's got wood thanks to Grand High Admiral Lance.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, angst-filled teenagers are rushing off to buy government bonds for some odd reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, chrome-clad space marines are such stuff that dreams are made on.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, flatulent people are left to die of cancer at the end of hospital waiting lists.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, claiming that "my cousin said it was legal" is a common courtroom defense.

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