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The Most Serene Republic of LockOut

“But in the end, there it is.”

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Isle of Wight

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LockOut

Population5.519 billion

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Animalwolf

The Most Serene Republic of LockOut is a colossal, efficient nation, notable for its frequent executions and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 5.519 billion LockOutians 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, pro-business, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Law & Order, although Education, Healthcare, and Welfare are also considered important, while International Aid and Environment aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.6%.

The very strong LockOutian economy, worth 306 trillion marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Soda Sales. Average income is 55,478 marks, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 179,301 per year while the poor average 12,972, a ratio of 13.8 to 1.

L-SPAN features senators wrestling with ever-increasing production elements, sections of the police receive paramilitary training, returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion, and claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges. Crime is moderate. LockOut's national animal is the wolf.

LockOut is ranked 33,183rd in the world and 2nd in Isle of Wight for Rudest Citizens, with 83.82 Insults Per Minute.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 9,162ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,889thTop
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 18,061st
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : LockOut's influence in Isle of Wight fell from "Ambassador" to "Diplomat".
  • : LockOut's influence in Isle of Wight rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : Following new legislation in LockOut, claiming to have performed the Heimlich Maneuver is a popular defense for assault charges.
  • : Following new legislation in LockOut, returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion.
  • : Following new legislation in LockOut, sections of the police receive paramilitary training.
  • : Following new legislation in LockOut, L-SPAN features senators wrestling with ever-increasing production elements.
  • : Following new legislation in LockOut, the LockOutian cut of Apocalypse Now sets the helicopter scene to eerie silence.
  • : LockOut's influence in Isle of Wight fell from "Ambassador" to "Diplomat".
  • : LockOut's influence in Isle of Wight rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : LockOut was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.

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