by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 782ndMost Influential: 1,547thLargest Retail Industry: 3,071st
The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
God, King, Empire
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.222 billion

LeaderChancellor Philippa Lawson


The Empire of Laurendon is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Chancellor Philippa Lawson with an even hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, otherworldly petting zoo, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.222 billion Laurendonians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Carsen. The average income tax rate is 68.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Laurendonian economy, worth 177 trillion Laurons a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 145,643 Laurons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention, agreeing to appear on TV is often the best way to access social care, politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech, and invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Laurendon's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Laurendon is ranked 12,679th in the world and 737th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 88.65 on the Human Development Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 782ndMost Influential: 1,547thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 3,071stMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,732ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,987thRudest Citizens: 6,569thMost Cultured: 9,181stSafest: 9,901stLongest Average Lifespans: 11,200thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,273rdHealthiest Citizens: 11,332ndTop
Most Efficient Economies: 12,646thMost Developed: 12,679thLowest Crime Rates: 12,696thNicest Citizens: 13,703rdMost Inclusive: 13,981stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,044thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,102ndSmartest Citizens: 15,138thHighest Average Incomes: 15,178thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,275thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,022ndLargest Governments: 17,391stMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,401stMost Pacifist: 18,134thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,597thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,996thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,262ndBest Weather: 23,208thMost Secular: 23,792ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 23,972nd
Largest Retail Industry: 152nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 281st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 288th in the regionRudest Citizens: 343rd in the regionMost Cultured: 471st in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 523rd in the regionSafest: 564th in the regionMost Influential: 626th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 627th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 674th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 676th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 678th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 680th in the regionMost Developed: 737th in the regionNicest Citizens: 755th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 770th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 809th in the regionMost Inclusive: 824th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 826th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 842nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 845th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 848th in the regionLargest Governments: 868th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 875th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 937th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, agreeing to appear on TV is often the best way to access social care.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.
  • : Laurendon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, books are considered luxuries only available to the incredibly wealthy.
  • : Following new legislation in Laurendon, a primitive society is being eroded as its youth flock to the modern world.
  • : Laurendon voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Quebecshire".
  • : Laurendon voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Convicted Voters".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 221 » The Rhein States, Notyoutopia, Yaorozu, Aerilia, Heilhum Imperius, Khoik, Loutsland, Great Bights Mum, Orado, Venicea, Sevinland, Lulubellia, Guer Aike, Hamerica, Dreadton, Corfad, Imperial Pieserged, Porotia, North Bratislava, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Zzozona, Republica Guilleana, Crusadam, Eywaan, Selfgradatude, Former English Colony, Joodey, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Gendirt, Territorio di Nessuno, Siwale, Shibutani, Hardscrabble, Koda-Land, Votak Matim, Empy, New Lakemba, Bankowiata, Kragsgale, WeKnow, Brucklania, Pytong, Omnistria, Pasargad, Newpromisedland, Xipher, Kranostav, Libertania Democratica, The Tampa Bay Rays, Railroad Crossing, and 171 others.El Fiji Grande, Frances Francis the First of France, Tir na Saoirse Alainn, Dar es Saalam, The Serdey Islands, Interdimensional Zone, Outer Shenendoah, Valentine Z, The Pantheons, Sikol, Draconian Progression, Port Naga, Slyakanya, Holy Oranz, Odelinor, East Akra, Yokciq Empire, Cretox State, Shadowrik, Ethnon, Liminyj, Sunto, 1 very fast endotarter, Sil Dorsett, Wineclaw, Seenvorland, Ravendi, Nodnarb, Yellops, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Daiz, Innocentic, Cinnibar, Climeria, The Pleiads, Ozstan, Seijitsu, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Blyskalia, Pallaith, Star Kingdom, The Iron Lions, United Kahndaq, Godwanna, Anungu, Galbadiana, Svenskskit, Bharathvarsh, Strongwill, His Enduring Majesty, Illusia and Neverendia, Glurponia, Wisconsota, Holy Empire of Greater Bavaria, Xagill, Xentherida, Que Lukustinardon, Zyvetskistaahn, Runeda, Planes, Super Girl, Madjack, The Mazur Empire, The Endless Eventide, Gondwanaia, Simone Republic, Sachi, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Pleroma Sans Romans, McMasterdonia, Testnation223, Wilkshire, Barabolia, Moubarakistan, Zemnaya Svoboda, Keurig Machines, Freyford, Chips and Guac, Kingdom of KHATTAB, KhalChicken, Alorca, Vesteysia, Clan Spaniel, Francois Isidore, Valgarda, Figyjharli, Maott, Belin Antenia, Wapistan, Ellbonnia, Kromi, Dangine, Siforpeo, Travislavania, Shotokonia, Solcius, Tyirza, Folenz, Xyrron, Kureizen, New Celoveniortan, Aryan Homeland, TyGerria, Mon Island, Duryanistan, Steampunk Ariel, My chest is flat, Qurtuba, Viridiann, Korean-Joseon, Darkmondoria, Defense For The World Assembly, Tsandonown, Seanat, Britle, Atlunartemis, Libvillia, Katuda, Greater Ale Permars, Ariele, Fraystonia, Merconitonitopia, Kastonvia, Landfinia, Erisoria, Sopernia, Apollo Park, Nova Arcania, Enomeni Ipeiros, Bearical, Drueste, Fizban, Unshleepd, Muqatil, Jaxikistan, Lionia, Card Kingdom, Nordic-British Union, The Enlightened Tugas, Technocratic-european Countries, Russian Peoples Union, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, Marmiedon, Sahriastan, Capablanca, Morcusa Clicanskaukk, The Calabash Protectorate, Gafflebag, Alice Gardens, New Chilokver, ROM, The Blazeland Administration, Tibus Heth, The Sinclarian Provinces, Nimarya, Pazair, Praeceps, Zapiron, Maiorem Americana, United Capitalist Provinces, Palgo, Ravensblast, Walter Jackson, Yuyistan, Toilet Man, Pleasuretown, Conservative State of Poland, Dabarastan, Paradeavenlisian States, Imperial Sers, and AmManies.

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