by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 14,127thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,299th
The Self-Reflection of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
I hold onto the constant of change.
The Philosopher King of Dust
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population1.674 billion

CapitalThe City of Dust
LeaderThe Philosopher King of Dust
FaithAgnosticism with Philosophic Tendencies


The Self-Reflection of Lerasi is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by The Philosopher King of Dust with an iron fist, and renowned for its national health service, compulsory military service, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.674 billion Lerasians 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 large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The City of Dust. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 59.2%.

The strong Lerasian economy, worth 93.6 trillion drakes a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 55,919 drakes, with the richest citizens earning 6.4 times as much as the poorest.

The Philosopher King of Dust has just been declared ruler of Lerasi in an international press conference, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, there are traffic jams at sea as diligent customs officers check every part of every ship, and burial ceremonies have become as routinised as tax forms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lerasi's national animal is the dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Agnosticism with Philosophic Tendencies.

Lerasi is ranked 179,720th in the world and 99th in Quiet Cottage on the Edge of the Cosmos for Least Corrupt Governments, with 90.67 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Largest Welfare Programs: 14,127thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,299th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Average: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the region

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