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Most Primitive: 679thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,016thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,230th
The Grand Duchy of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
For people and nation
The Imperial Chancellor
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population6.855 billion

LeaderGrand Duke Anton von Laurenburg


The Grand Duchy of Laurenburg is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Grand Duke Anton von Laurenburg with an iron fist, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, avant-garde cinema, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 6.855 billion Laurenburgers 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Laurenburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 30.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Laurenburgian economy, worth 697 trillion laurenmarks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Retail, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 101,769 laurenmarks, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 426,188 per year while the poor average 15,822, a ratio of 26.9 to 1.

Religious bigotry and a fear of outsiders have replaced religious studies in schools, cassocked priests and choirboys believe that what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like, and water fights now end with thousands dead. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laurenburg's national animal is the Swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Laurenburg is ranked 103,200th in the world and 85th in KAISERREICH for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 823.6 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Primitive: 679thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,016thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,230thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,564thFattest Citizens: 7,453rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,506thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,815thMost Devout: 10,816thMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,328thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 12,392ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,942ndLargest Black Market: 14,261stHighest Disposable Incomes: 14,861stMost Influential: 18,665thMost Stationary: 21,423rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21,896th
Most Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 13th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15th in the region

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