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The Rogue Nation of Lancelia

“All hail Grand High Admiral Lance!”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Corporations of the World

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Lancelia

Population21.035 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 remarkable for its compulsory military service, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 21.035 billion Lancelians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. 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 15,462 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 735,094 lancian dollars, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,885,759 per year while the poor average 6,606, a ratio of 1,042 to 1.

The secret service is working overtime to find anyone publishing unauthorized material about Grand High Admiral Lance, emergency services don't respond to trailer park fires, product development labs spend most of their money fighting the government's patent infringement lawsuits, and there's a mortuary next to every Lancelian restaurant. 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 205,718th in the world and 4th in The Corporations of the World for Highest Poor Incomes, with 6,606.82 Standard Monetary Units.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16thMost Efficient Economies: 23rdFattest Citizens: 24thHighest Disposable Incomes: 30thLargest Gambling Industry: 33rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 35thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 39thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 49thLargest Insurance Industry: 50thMost Avoided: 53rdMost Corrupt Governments: 55thHighest Average Incomes: 62ndMost Armed: 64thLargest Retail Industry: 68thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 80thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 81stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 91stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 95thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 103rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 115thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 115thHighest Economic Output: 153rdLargest Mining Sector: 169thHighest Crime Rates: 245thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 251stLargest Agricultural Sector: 281stRudest Citizens: 290thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 292ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 782ndLargest Governments: 820thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 865thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 891stMost Devout: 2,106thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,618thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,897thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,008thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,099thLargest Populations: 5,792ndLargest Black Market: 7,341stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,037thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 21,108thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21,458th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, there's a mortuary next to every Lancelian restaurant.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, product development labs spend most of their money fighting the government's patent infringement lawsuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, emergency services don't respond to trailer park fires.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, the secret service is working overtime to find anyone publishing unauthorized material about Grand High Admiral Lance.
  • : Lancelia was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Corporate Police State".
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, a third of Lancelians are e-certified CEOs.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, the government is known to care more about its buildings than its people.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, the government keeps its thumb on the scales of justice.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, assault rifles sized for 7-year-olds are a frighteningly popular export.
  • : Following new legislation in Lancelia, gossip magazines are more interested in astrological stars than celebrity ones.

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