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The Kingdom of Pol Lakles

“Might Makes Right”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Pol Lakles

Population203 million

Currencydollar
Animalsheep

The Kingdom of Pol Lakles is a huge, orderly nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, smutty television, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 203 million Pol Laklesians 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 juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 54.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Pol Laklesian economy, worth 11.0 trillion dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 54,081 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The tenet of free speech is held dear, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews, prison walls have had to be modified to keep parkour-trained criminals from escaping, and it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pol Lakles's national animal is the sheep, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Pol Lakles is ranked 98,597th in the world and 3,901st in the South Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 1,117.37 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,360thTop
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Most Influential: 11,665th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 586th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 587th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 687th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pol Lakles, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma.
  • : Following new legislation in Pol Lakles, prison walls have had to be modified to keep parkour-trained criminals from escaping.
  • : Following new legislation in Pol Lakles, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews.
  • : Following new legislation in Pol Lakles, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • : Pol Lakles was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Pol Lakles, critical thinking is grounds for expulsion from university.
  • : Following new legislation in Pol Lakles, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Pol Lakles, pharmaceutical companies emphatically promise that "your pills are in the mail" rather than admit any supply shortfall.
  • : Following new legislation in Pol Lakles, foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security.
  • : Pol Lakles endorsed The WA Republic of Qawe.

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