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The Self-Reflection of Lerasi

“I hold onto the constant of change.” The Philosopher King of Dust

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Quiet Cottage on the Edge of the Cosmos



Population1.696 billion

CapitalThe City of Dust
LeaderThe Philosopher King of Dust
FaithAgnosticism with Philosophic Tendencies


The Self-Reflection of Lerasi is a massive, safe nation, ruled by The Philosopher King of Dust with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.696 billion Lerasians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The City of Dust. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 59.2%.

The strong Lerasian economy, worth 94.8 trillion drakes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 55,919 drakes, with the richest citizens earning 6.4 times as much as the poorest.

The Philosopher King of Dust has just been declared ruler of Lerasi in an international press conference, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, there are traffic jams at sea as diligent customs officers check every part of every ship, and burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lerasi's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Agnosticism with Philosophic Tendencies.

Lerasi is ranked 105,405th in the world and 13th in Quiet Cottage on the Edge of the Cosmos for Most Pro-Market, scoring 46.33 on the Rand Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 14,095thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,297th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Average: 2nd in the region

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