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The Empire of Laurendon

“God, King, Empire”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population1.209 billion

LeaderChancellor Philippa Lawson


The Empire of Laurendon is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Chancellor Philippa Lawson with an even hand, and remarkable for its avant-garde cinema, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.209 billion Laurendonians 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carsen. The average income tax rate is 67.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Laurendonian economy, worth 176 trillion Laurons a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 146,169 Laurons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Refugees from other nations are flocking to Laurendon's border, paralegals spend all day Hewlett-Packing attorneys' law briefs, Chancellor Philippa Lawson's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week, and citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laurendon's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Laurendon is ranked 77,181st in the world and 3,084th in The North Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 2,223.29 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 791stMost Influential: 1,572ndTop
Largest Retail Industry: 3,145thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,710thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,233rdRudest Citizens: 6,566thMost Cultured: 9,379thSafest: 9,952ndHighest Poor Incomes: 11,138thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,393rdHealthiest Citizens: 11,525thTop
Most Developed: 12,596thMost Efficient Economies: 12,637thLowest Crime Rates: 12,887thNicest Citizens: 13,905thMost Inclusive: 14,417thSmartest Citizens: 15,027thHighest Average Incomes: 15,064thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,109thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,165thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,478thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,833rdLargest Governments: 17,509thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,764thMost Pacifist: 18,333rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,038thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,069thMost Beautiful Environments: 23,285thMost Valuable International Artwork: 23,809thMost Secular: 23,837th
Largest Retail Industry: 159th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 280th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 292nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 348th in the regionMost Cultured: 478th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 532nd in the regionSafest: 569th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 612th in the regionMost Influential: 636th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 673rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 681st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 686th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 687th in the regionMost Developed: 729th in the regionNicest Citizens: 761st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 765th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 800th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 819th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 837th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 838th in the regionMost Inclusive: 851st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 857th in the regionMost Average: 874th in the regionLargest Governments: 876th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 889th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 961st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, Chancellor Philippa Lawson's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, paralegals spend all day Hewlett-Packing attorneys' law briefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, refugees from other nations are flocking to Laurendon's border.
  • : Laurendon was endorsed by The Dictatorship of Imperial Sers.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals.
  • : Laurendon endorsed The Federal Republic of Paradeavenlisian States.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, international tensions are high as Laurendon threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens.
  • : Laurendon was endorsed by The Federal Republic of Paradeavenlisian States.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 220 » The Rhein States, Notyoutopia, Yaorozu, Aerilia, Heilhum Imperius, Khoik, Loutsland, Great Bights Mum, Orado, Venicea, Sevinland, Lulubellia, Guer Aike, Hamerica, Dreadton, Corfad, Imperial Pieserged, Porotia, North Bratislava, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Zzozona, Republica Guilleana, Crusadam, Eywaan, Selfgradatude, Former English Colony, Joodey, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Gendirt, Territorio di Nessuno, Siwale, Shibutani, Hardscrabble, Koda-Land, Votak Matim, Empy, New Lakemba, Bankowiata, Kragsgale, WeKnow, Brucklania, Pytong, Omnistria, Pasargad, Newpromisedland, Xipher, Kranostav, Libertania Democratica, The Tampa Bay Rays, Railroad Crossing, and 170 others.El Fiji Grande, Frances Francis the First of France, Tir na Saoirse Alainn, Dar es Saalam, The Serdey Islands, Interdimensional Zone, Outer Shenendoah, Valentine Z, The Pantheons, Sikol, Draconian Progression, Port Naga, Slyakanya, Holy Oranz, Odelinor, East Akra, Yokciq Empire, Cretox State, Shadowrik, Ethnon, Liminyj, Sunto, 1 very fast endotarter, Sil Dorsett, Wineclaw, Seenvorland, Ravendi, Nodnarb, Yellops, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Daiz, Innocentic, Cinnibar, Climeria, The Pleiads, Ozstan, Seijitsu, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Blyskalia, Pallaith, Star Kingdom, The Iron Lions, United Kahndaq, Godwanna, Anungu, Galbadiana, Svenskskit, Bharathvarsh, Strongwill, His Enduring Majesty, Illusia and Neverendia, Glurponia, Wisconsota, Holy Empire of Greater Bavaria, Xagill, Xentherida, Que Lukustinardon, Zyvetskistaahn, Runeda, Planes, Super Girl, Madjack, The Mazur Empire, The Endless Eventide, Gondwanaia, Simone Republic, Sachi, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Pleroma Sans Romans, McMasterdonia, Testnation223, Wilkshire, Barabolia, Moubarakistan, Zemnaya Svoboda, Keurig Machines, Freyford, Chips and Guac, Kingdom of KHATTAB, KhalChicken, Alorca, Vesteysia, Clan Spaniel, Francois Isidore, Valgarda, Figyjharli, Maott, Belin Antenia, Wapistan, Ellbonnia, Kromi, Dangine, Siforpeo, Travislavania, Shotokonia, Solcius, Tyirza, Folenz, Xyrron, Kureizen, New Celoveniortan, Aryan Homeland, TyGerria, Mon Island, Duryanistan, Steampunk Ariel, My chest is flat, Qurtuba, Viridiann, Korean-Joseon, Darkmondoria, Defense For The World Assembly, Tsandonown, Seanat, Britle, Atlunartemis, Libvillia, Katuda, Greater Ale Permars, Ariele, Fraystonia, Merconitonitopia, Kastonvia, Landfinia, Erisoria, Sopernia, Apollo Park, Nova Arcania, Enomeni Ipeiros, Bearical, Drueste, Fizban, Unshleepd, Muqatil, Jaxikistan, Lionia, Card Kingdom, Nordic-British Union, The Enlightened Tugas, Technocratic-european Countries, Russian Peoples Union, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, Marmiedon, Sahriastan, Capablanca, Morcusa Clicanskaukk, The Calabash Protectorate, Gafflebag, Alice Gardens, New Chilokver, ROM, The Blazeland Administration, Tibus Heth, The Sinclarian Provinces, Nimarya, Pazair, Praeceps, Zapiron, Maiorem Americana, United Capitalist Provinces, Palgo, Ravensblast, Walter Jackson, Yuyistan, Toilet Man, Pleasuretown, Conservative State of Poland, Dabarastan, Paradeavenlisian States, and Imperial Sers.

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