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The Eternal Dread Empire of Lederland

“Volo. Accipere. Habet.” The Dread Eternal Emperor

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population21.296 billion

CapitalCity of the Dread Throne
LeaderThe Dread Eternal Emperor

CurrencyImperial Credit

The Eternal Dread Empire of Lederland is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Dread Eternal Emperor with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, complete lack of prisons, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 21.296 billion Lederlandians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Industry and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of City of the Dread Throne. The average income tax rate is 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Lederlandian economy, worth an astonishing 11,313 trillion Imperial Credits a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is a breathtaking 531,234 Imperial Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Phone taps are frequently carried out by the police, defense lawyers suggestively note to juries how flagrantly happy victims were, short shrift is being given to applications for political asylum from illegal immigrants, and a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Lederland's national animal is the Human, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is None.

Lederland is ranked 217,228th in the world and 6,320th in the Rejected Realms for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -463.03 on the Hayek Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 53rdLargest Black Market: 54thHighest Poor Incomes: 64thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 83rdMost Corrupt Governments: 97thLargest Mining Sector: 111thMost Secular: 162ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 165thLargest Information Technology Sector: 183rdHighest Average Incomes: 225thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 275thHighest Economic Output: 319thMost Avoided: 413thFattest Citizens: 490thMost Efficient Economies: 733rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 825thLargest Insurance Industry: 852ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 962ndMost Subsidized Industry: 963rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,043rdLargest Governments: 1,406thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,451stLowest Crime Rates: 1,648thTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,209thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,535thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,104thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,345thRudest Citizens: 4,485thMost Influential: 4,887thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,036thLargest Populations: 5,622ndLargest Publishing Industry: 7,063rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,048thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 11,539thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,390thMost Stationary: 16,528th
Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 21st in the regionFattest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 27th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 33rd in the regionLargest Governments: 40th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 42nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 49th in the regionMost Influential: 54th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 56th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 60th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 64th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 67th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 70th in the regionLargest Populations: 91st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 102nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 104th in the regionRudest Citizens: 125th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 139th in the regionMost Stationary: 160th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 196th in the regionTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 399th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 541st in the regionMost Income Equality: 589th in the regionMost Developed: 601st in the region

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