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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: Dominator

Location: The Corporations of the World

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Lancelia

Population18.655 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 notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.655 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 receive no funds. 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 13,117 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 Gambling, Retail, and Soda Sales. Average income is a breathtaking 703,181 lancian dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,225,405 per year while the poor average 52,864, a ratio of 79.9 to 1.

Citizens must pay to enjoy Lancelia's pristine beaches, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon, plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go, and the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge. 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 49th in the world and 1st in The Corporations of the World for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 1,861.56 on the Hayek Index.

Top
1%
Fattest Citizens: 24thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29thHighest Disposable Incomes: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 35thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 35thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 49thLargest Insurance Industry: 53rdMost Avoided: 54thHighest Average Incomes: 55thLargest Retail Industry: 58thMost Corrupt Governments: 58thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 59thMost Armed: 69thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 74thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 78thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 84thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 96thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 105thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 125thHighest Economic Output: 177thLargest Mining Sector: 182ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 204thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 207thRudest Citizens: 221stHighest Crime Rates: 266thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 297thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 772ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 811thMost Scientifically Advanced: 828thLargest Agricultural Sector: 890thLargest Governments: 960thTop
5%
Most Efficient Economies: 1,697thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,389thMost Devout: 2,451stLargest Publishing Industry: 2,666thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,980thLargest Black Market: 4,700thLargest Populations: 6,006thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,650thTop
10%
Most Pro-Market: 8,118th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Lancelia's influence in The Corporations of the World rose from "Superpower" to "Dominator".
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, the nation's new foreign policy of 'very disproportionate retribution' has its neighbors on edge.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, citizens must pay to enjoy Lancelia's pristine beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, disputed territories across The Corporations of the World are being claimed by Lancelian college students.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, political cartoonists are known for their distinctive odour.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, the sidewalk is used as an overtaking lane by city drivers.

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