by Max Barry

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 460thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 603rdMost Armed: 1,566th
The Lamian City State of
Psychotic Dictatorship Communist Dictatorship
Evil hides in empty words.
Civil Rights
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Population2.15 billion

LeaderSwordbearer Parhenos

CurrencyMeadrinian Dracna
AnimalLamian Vulture

The Lamian City State of Meadrin is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Swordbearer Parhenos with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, ubiquitous missile silos, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.15 billion Meadrinians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lamia. The average income tax rate is 78.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Meadrinian economy, worth 608 trillion Meadrinian Dracnas 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 an amazing 282,884 Meadrinian Dracnas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The people's love for Swordbearer Parhenos is little more than self-preservation, the Meadrinian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home, and the government's new 'Crime Can Fight Itself' policy appears to be backfiring rather badly. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Meadrin's national animal is the Lamian Vulture, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Meadrin is ranked 2,467th in the world and 8th in Institute of Cellulose for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 7,932.58 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 460thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 603rdMost Armed: 1,566thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,673rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,762ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,837thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,851stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,109thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,227thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 2,467thHighest Average Incomes: 2,487thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,728thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,363rdLargest Black Market: 3,442ndMost Secular: 4,239thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,835thMost Avoided: 5,980thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,268thLowest Crime Rates: 7,292ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,390thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,653rdLargest Governments: 9,762ndMost Developed: 11,423rdTop
Most Efficient Economies: 13,220thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,357thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,685thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,774thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,167thSmartest Citizens: 18,184thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19,965thMost Authoritarian: 23,082ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,358th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 17th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the region

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