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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

Population17.818 billion

CurrencyWhite Ring

The Amorous Adventures of The Lady of Lorien is a gargantuan, safe nation, notable for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 17.818 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 1,633 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 56,663rd in the world and 58th in Middle Earth for Largest Black Market, with 867 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,089thFattest Citizens: 5,407thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6,881stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,923rdLargest Populations: 7,497thTop
Highest Economic Output: 8,787thMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,893rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,449thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,649thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,098thMost Avoided: 12,514thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,019thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,096thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,784thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,729thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,945th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the region

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