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The Community of Laocracy

“Labor omnia vincit”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Laocracy

Population16.317 billion

CurrencyDream
AnimalUnicorn

The Community of Laocracy is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its smutty television, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 16.317 billion Laocracians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government is dominated by the Department of Education, with Industry, Environment, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. The average income tax rate is 81.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Laocracian economy, worth a remarkable 3,964 trillion Dreams a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 242,952 Dreams, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Couples kissing on the street are detained for 'unlawful exchange of genetic material', many friends and relatives of Leader have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure, and citizens who plan overseas vacations are barred from running for political office. Crime is totally unknown. Laocracy's national animal is the Unicorn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Laocracy is ranked 223,334th in the world and 8,453rd in the South Pacific for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -17.58 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Healthiest Citizens: 119thLeast Corrupt Governments: 122ndMost Secular: 134thMost Developed: 217thMost Pacifist: 229thLongest Average Lifespans: 238thSmartest Citizens: 260thMost Cultured: 277thMost Cheerful Citizens: 370thSafest: 389thMost Rebellious Youth: 395thNicest Citizens: 433rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 506thLargest Publishing Industry: 577thLargest Information Technology Sector: 655thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 726thMost Advanced Public Education: 822ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,457thMost Efficient Economies: 1,460thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,542ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,055thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 2,786thMost Stationary: 2,821stMost Beautiful Environments: 2,965thLowest Crime Rates: 3,429thHighest Average Incomes: 3,654thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,757thLargest Governments: 4,583rdMost Inclusive: 4,898thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,201stMost Subsidized Industry: 6,388thNudest: 7,193rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,451stTop
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Largest Populations: 11,372ndMost Influential: 11,794thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,876thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,794thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,822ndBest Weather: 18,368thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,628th
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Most Cultured: 7th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionMost Pacifist: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 17th in the regionSafest: 18th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 23rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 27th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 40th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 42nd in the regionMost Stationary: 46th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 52nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 58th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 70th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 93rd in the regionLargest Populations: 99th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 99th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 99th in the regionLargest Governments: 112th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 166th in the regionMost Inclusive: 169th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 182nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 220th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 228th in the regionNudest: 258th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 418th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 423rd in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 527th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 665th in the regionBest Weather: 668th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 761st in the regionMost Influential: 824th in the regionRudest Citizens: 843rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Laocracy was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Laocracy, citizens who plan overseas vacations are barred from running for political office.
  • : Following new legislation in Laocracy, the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure.
  • : Following new legislation in Laocracy, many friends and relatives of Leader have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Laocracy, couples kissing on the street are detained for 'unlawful exchange of genetic material'.
  • : Following new legislation in Laocracy, selling your granddad's clothes requires an incredible amount of paperwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Laocracy, senior citizens are often found slaving away in factories.
  • : Following new legislation in Laocracy, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Following new legislation in Laocracy, several inches are being added to first class seating.
  • : Following new legislation in Laocracy, third world countries are rich in "I Love Laocracy City" t-shirts.

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