Some bits of interest re: Laos
a) The French added a silent S to Lao to signify the unification of three kingdoms into one country.
b) More bombs were dropped on this small country then during all of WWII worldwide.
"Massive aerial bombardment was carried out by the United States. The Guardian reported that Laos was hit by an average of one B-52 bombload every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, between 1964 and 1973. US bombers dropped more ordnance on Laos in this period than was dropped during the whole of the Second World War. Of the 260 million bombs that rained down, particularly onXiangkhouang Province on the Plain of Jars, 80 million failed to explode, leaving a deadly legacy. It holds the distinction of being the most bombed country, per capita, in the world."
c) The World bank has declared Laos's goal of graduating from the UN's list of least developed countries is will likely happen by 2020.
d) The state runs two foreign language newspapers - one in French and one in English
e) The state does not censor the internet.