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The Armed Republic of Lester Crest

“In Lester we Trust” Supreme Leader Crest

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Location: the South Pacific


Lester Crest

Population1.475 billion

CapitalLestoid Crestoid
LeaderSupreme Leader Crest


The Armed Republic of Lester Crest is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Supreme Leader Crest with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.475 billion Crestians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lestoid Crestoid. The average income tax rate is 41.3%.

The all-consuming Lester Crestian economy, worth 177 trillion Crests a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 120,321 Crests, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Every workday begins with group therapy, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, it's said that Supreme Leader Crest can turn every pleasure into a chore, and the diplomatic corps stinks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lester Crest's national animal is the Stick, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Lester Crest is ranked 105,661st in the world and 4,193rd in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 22.87 on the Hayek Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,277thTop
Most Influential: 2,157thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 7,667thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,950thLargest Black Market: 10,923rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,202ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,317thMost Authoritarian: 12,266thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,591stHighest Disposable Incomes: 13,603rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,761stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,373rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,627thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,682nd
Largest Black Market: 161st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 188th in the regionMost Influential: 216th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 222nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 223rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 274th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 274th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 301st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 313th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 381st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 416th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 438th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 455th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 514th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 552nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 565th in the region

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