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The Republic of Leser

“We are the best”

Category: Corporate Bordello
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Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Osiris



Population9.94 billion


The Republic of Leser is a colossal, efficient nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 9.94 billion Leserians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 39.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Leserian economy, worth a remarkable 3,744 trillion cashes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an amazing 376,675 cashes, with the richest citizens earning 8.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government's policy is 'all pain, no grain', bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms, there's no representation without taxation, and athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society. Crime is totally unknown. Leser's national animal is the byk, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Leser is ranked 2,001st in the world and 59th in Osiris for Most Developed, scoring 97.74 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 266thMost Efficient Economies: 298thRudest Citizens: 365thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 669thMost Secular: 994thHighest Average Incomes: 999thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,032ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,039thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,202ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,307thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,311thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,444thMost Cultured: 1,496thSmartest Citizens: 1,827thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,872ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,924thMost Developed: 2,001stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,284thTop
Largest Governments: 2,405thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,422ndMost Rebellious Youth: 2,874thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,090thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,270thHighest Economic Output: 3,379thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,549thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,674thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,689thBest Weather: 3,884thLargest Black Market: 4,160thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,437thHealthiest Citizens: 4,928thMost Inclusive: 5,011thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,538thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,851stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,232ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,789thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,108thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,185thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,276thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,464thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,064thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,863rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,774thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,201stLargest Insurance Industry: 15,855thLowest Crime Rates: 16,126th
Largest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Secular: 21st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 32nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 37th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 38th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 49th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 55th in the regionMost Cultured: 58th in the regionMost Developed: 59th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 60th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 63rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 65th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 83rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 89th in the regionLargest Governments: 90th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 101st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 118th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 126th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 133rd in the regionBest Weather: 152nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 152nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 174th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 175th in the regionLargest Black Market: 177th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 179th in the regionMost Inclusive: 205th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 223rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 242nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 242nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 265th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 284th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 334th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 374th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 402nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 404th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 423rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 450th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 482nd in the regionMost Influential: 553rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 584th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 599th in the regionMost Stationary: 617th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 760th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Leser, athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Leser, there's no representation without taxation.
  • : Following new legislation in Leser, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms.
  • : Following new legislation in Leser, the government's policy is 'all pain, no grain'.
  • : Following new legislation in Leser, burgers often list "miscellaneous meats" in their ingredients.
  • : Following new legislation in Leser, surfing lessons include how to ward off sharks.
  • : Following new legislation in Leser, hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead".
  • : Following new legislation in Leser, organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous.
  • : Following new legislation in Leser, citizens are abandoning their homes en masse in a widespread panic over asbestos.
  • : Following new legislation in Leser, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.


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