by Max Barry

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Most Devout: 6,846thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,631stMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,509th
The Principality of
Authoritarian Democracy Mouth-Breathing Creationists
S namy Bog
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population1.368 billion

LeaderPrince Alexander IV
FaithLapathiyan Orthodox Church


The Principality of Lapathiya is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prince Alexander IV with an even hand, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, daily referendums, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 1.368 billion Lapathiyans are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Administration are also considered important, while International Aid receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Madanhoff. The average income tax rate is 82.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Lapathiyan economy, worth 86.5 trillion Rubols a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Trout Farming, and Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 63,229 Rubols, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Lapathiya is suspiciously populated compared to its neighbors, the roads are virtually falling apart, nuclear reactors are held together with party string and Hubba Bubba, and Lapathiyan Orthodox Church has been named as Lapathiya's national religion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lapathiya's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Lapathiyan Orthodox Church.

Lapathiya is ranked 43,000th in the world and 2,061st in The North Pacific for Highest Poor Incomes, with 42,956.8 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Devout: 6,846thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,631stMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,509thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,777thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,483rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,839thBest Weather: 16,127thLowest Crime Rates: 17,471stLargest Governments: 18,846thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19,176thLargest Black Market: 19,620thMost Conservative: 19,638thMost Authoritarian: 21,774thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,777th
Most Devout: 272nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 317th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 448th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 532nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 604th in the regionLargest Black Market: 649th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 730th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 816th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 887th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 887th in the regionBest Weather: 889th in the regionLargest Governments: 923rd in the region

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