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The Sultanate of Lanorth

“Mehmed; el-Muzaffer daima.”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the West Pacific



Population3.675 billion

LeaderSultan Mehmed
FaithSunni Islam

CurrencyGold Akçe
AnimalGrey Wolf

The Sultanate of Lanorth is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Sultan Mehmed with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, sprawling nuclear power plants, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.675 billion Lanorthans 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Industry also on the agenda, while Environment and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 83.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Lanorthan economy, worth a remarkable 1,177 trillion Gold Akçes a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 320,502 Gold Akçes, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,807,891 per year while the poor average 27,957, a ratio of 64.7 to 1.

Economists claim no news is good news, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", the state has declared war on the environment and environmentalists by association, and young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lanorth's national animal is the Grey Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Sunni Islam.

Lanorth is ranked 23,685th in the world and 803rd in the West Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 5,186.78 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 516thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 581stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 773rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 883rdMost Secular: 1,224thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,396thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,510thHighest Average Incomes: 1,579thLargest Black Market: 1,871stTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 2,218thLargest Mining Sector: 2,883rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,023rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,121stMost Avoided: 3,335thMost Efficient Economies: 4,367thLowest Crime Rates: 4,790thLargest Governments: 4,983rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,031stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,277thRudest Citizens: 5,915thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,960thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,949thLargest Retail Industry: 6,998thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,428thSmartest Citizens: 8,766thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,016thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,808thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,350thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,451stMost Influential: 13,678thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,679thHighest Economic Output: 14,063rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,096thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,985thMost Conservative: 15,329thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,589thHealthiest Citizens: 16,318thMost Developed: 19,041st
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 26th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 31st in the regionMost Secular: 34th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 37th in the regionLargest Black Market: 40th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 46th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 54th in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 69th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 78th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 84th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 87th in the regionLargest Governments: 90th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 94th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 101st in the regionRudest Citizens: 157th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 158th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 168th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 171st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 196th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 198th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 203rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 207th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 208th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 225th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 226th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 265th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 319th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 333rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 364th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 372nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 378th in the regionMost Developed: 419th in the regionMost Influential: 463rd in the regionLargest Populations: 523rd in the regionMost Conservative: 601st in the region

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