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The United Commonwealths of Laurel

“Liberty, Blood, Soil”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Federation of Conservative Nations

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Laurel

Population17.474 billion

CapitalWhitehaven
LeaderChancellor Isolda Alys Magnar
FaithWyrdism

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Animalwolf

The United Commonwealths of Laurel is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Chancellor Isolda Alys Magnar with an even hand, and remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, pith helmet sales, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-working, devout population of 17.474 billion Laurelans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Whitehaven. The average income tax rate is 64.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Laurelan economy, worth a remarkable 2,215 trillion marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 126,784 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, the only Maxxmas gift frontline troops receive from officers is a bullet with the enemy's name on it, and the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laurel's national animal is the wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Wyrdism.

Laurel is ranked 131,546th in the world and 245th in Federation of Conservative Nations for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -2.53 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Highest Economic Output: 5,766thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,167thLargest Populations: 7,615thMost Cultured: 8,135thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,704thMost Average: 10,060thMost Developed: 10,524thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,798thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,764thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,343rdLargest Retail Industry: 12,915thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,103rdMost Beautiful Environments: 14,707thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,723rdSmartest Citizens: 15,076thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,262ndMost Efficient Economies: 15,310thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,852ndLongest Average Lifespans: 16,162nd
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Average: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 19th in the regionMost Developed: 20th in the regionMost Cultured: 21st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 24th in the regionMost Inclusive: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, the only Maxxmas gift frontline troops receive from officers is a bullet with the enemy's name on it.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities.
  • : Laurel changed its national animal to "wolf", its faith to "Wyrdism", its leader to "Chancellor Isolda Alys Magnar", and its nation type to "United Commonwealths".
  • : Laurel's influence in Federation of Conservative Nations rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Laurel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Laurel lodged a message on the Federation of Conservative Nations Regional Message Board.
  • : Laurel lodged a message on the Federation of Conservative Nations Regional Message Board.

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