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The Dictatorship of New Lousara

“Justice, Piety, Loyalty”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Osiris

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New Lousara

Population836 million

Currencyguilder
Animaleagle

The Dictatorship of New Lousara is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its public floggings, prohibition of alcohol, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 836 million New Lousarans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 34.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong New Lousaran economy, worth 69.5 trillion guilders a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 83,173 guilders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Oddly patriotic flash mobs spontaneously sing the national anthem, the government has an entire department dedicated to staring at microscopes and writing down letters, the dead fish in the national rivers aren't decomposing because even bacteria can't survive the levels of toxicity, and students who refuse to pray are expelled from school. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Lousara's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

New Lousara is ranked 126,391st in the world and 4,105th in Osiris for Most Politically Free, scoring 16.57 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,726thMost Influential: 5,964thTop
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Most Conservative: 8,265thMost Authoritarian: 10,331stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,481st
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Most Influential: 68th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 243rd in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 280th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 381st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : New Lousara's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in New Lousara, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.
  • : New Lousara's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : New Lousara was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in New Lousara, the dead fish in the national rivers aren't decomposing because even bacteria can't survive the levels of toxicity.
  • : New Lousara's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : New Lousara's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in New Lousara, the government has an entire department dedicated to staring at microscopes and writing down letters.
  • : New Lousara was refounded in Osiris.
  • : New Lousara ceased to exist in The South Pacific.

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