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The The rice united of Lock and Key

“Nothing is perfect in a perfectionist eyes”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: New Democratic Union


Lock and Key

Population3.37 billion

LeaderThe Grand Council


The The rice united of Lock and Key is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Grand Council with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, compulsory military service, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.37 billion Lock and Keyians 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, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Padlock. The average income tax rate is 82.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Lock and Keyian economy, worth 385 trillion Pents a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 114,532 Pents, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume, Brancalandian Brie isn't available anywhere in Lock and Key, and pro-democracy regime change has been avoided. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lock and Key's national animal is the WaterFowl, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Kasakovism.

Lock and Key is ranked 201,498th in the world and 40th in New Democratic Union for Fattest Citizens, with 5.11 Obesity Rate.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4,779thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,989thMost Secular: 8,717thHealthiest Citizens: 8,910thBest Weather: 9,383rdLongest Average Lifespans: 9,817thLowest Crime Rates: 9,828thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 11,458thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,948thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,120thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,147thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,317thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,580thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,743rdMost Inclusive: 13,331stLargest Governments: 13,807thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,972ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,257thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,393rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,488thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,134thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,965thSmartest Citizens: 19,024thMost Influential: 19,698thMost Developed: 20,039th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 5 » Imperial Neo-Prussia, Australian Peoples Republic, Sycra, Pacyfik, and Judaea-Samaria.

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