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The Amorous Adventures of The Lady of Lorien

“Galadriel and Gandalf sitting in a tree”

Category: Corporate Police State
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Location: Middle Earth


The Lady of Lorien

Population19.291 billion

CurrencyWhite Ring

The Amorous Adventures of The Lady of Lorien is a gargantuan, orderly nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, strictly enforced bedtime, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 19.291 billion Lorienians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 14.3%.

The all-consuming the Lady of Lorienian economy, worth a remarkable 1,768 trillion White Rings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Gambling, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 91,681 White Rings, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 498,656 per year while the poor average 8,666, a ratio of 57.5 to 1.

Military service is compulsory, billions of White Rings are being blown on orbital weapons development, senior citizens can usually be found doing heavy manual labour, and phone taps are frequently carried out by the police. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force. The Lady of Lorien's national animal is the Elf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Lady of Lorien is ranked 53,923rd in the world and 73rd in Middle Earth for Most Influential, scoring 416 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,239thFattest Citizens: 5,952ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,301stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,125thLargest Populations: 7,200thHighest Economic Output: 8,860thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,951stTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 11,707thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11,734thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,088thMost Avoided: 15,847thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,390thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,876thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,191st
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13th in the region

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