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Highest Economic Output: 4,128thMost Cultured: 4,233rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,577th
The United Commonwealths of
Left-Leaning College State Paradise
Liberty, Blood, Soil
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Laurel

Population18.93 billion

CapitalLonderholm
LeaderProtector Hannibal Errinwright
FaithNew Avalon Catholic Church

Currencydollar
Animalbear

The United Commonwealths of Laurel is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Protector Hannibal Errinwright with an even hand, and renowned for its national health service, keen interest in outer space, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 18.93 billion Laurelans enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Londerholm. The average income tax rate is 66.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Laurelan economy, worth a remarkable 3,041 trillion dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 160,673 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation', Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Laurel as a reminder of their "special relationship", grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps, and telling someone to 'break a leg' is considered a criminal inducement to self harm. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Laurel's national animal is the bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is New Avalon Catholic Church.

Laurel is ranked 200,327th in the world and 76th in Republic of Conservative Nations for Most Primitive, scoring -473.91 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Highest Economic Output: 4,128thMost Cultured: 4,233rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,577thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,967thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,085thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,344thLargest Populations: 7,350thNicest Citizens: 7,466thMost Developed: 7,591stSmartest Citizens: 7,677thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,468thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,571stLargest Retail Industry: 9,239thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,347thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,660thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,374thMost Efficient Economies: 10,906thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,130thHighest Average Incomes: 11,226thHealthiest Citizens: 12,408thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,943rdMost Inclusive: 13,736thLargest Governments: 13,944thLowest Crime Rates: 15,089thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,474thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,009thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,409thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,250thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,807thBest Weather: 19,655th
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Largest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, telling someone to 'break a leg' is considered a criminal inducement to self harm.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Laurel as a reminder of their "special relationship".
  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'.
  • : Laurel's influence in Republic of Conservative Nations rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Laurel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Laurel's influence in Republic of Conservative Nations rose from "Zero" to "Nipper".
  • : Laurel relocated from United We Stand to Republic of Conservative Nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, Laurel has been recently classified as an international menace after 'liberating' several nearby territories.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurel, it is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven.

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