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The Technocratic Republic of Barfleur

“One for all and all for one”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Barfleur

Population1.162 billion

CapitalLa Hogue
LeaderAndrew II

Currencykrona
Animalbeaver

The Technocratic Republic of Barfleur is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Andrew II with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, free-roaming dinosaurs, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.162 billion Barfleurians 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, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Administration, and Environment also on the agenda, while International Aid and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of La Hogue. The average income tax rate is 40.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Barfleurian economy, worth 145 trillion kronor a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Retail. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 125,007 kronor, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Private businesses are paving paradises to put up parking lots, new funding allows inner city teachers to replace school laptops almost as fast as they get stolen, it is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven, and the wheel has been patented by at least a hundred people. Crime is well under control. Barfleur's national animal is the beaver, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Barfleur is ranked 39,432nd in the world and 1,218th in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,951.03 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,738thMost Influential: 3,999thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,690thTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 9,400thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,725thMost Cultured: 11,350thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,472ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,005thLargest Black Market: 12,596thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,810thMost Armed: 14,295th
Top
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 163rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 180th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 230th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 230th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 256th in the regionMost Cultured: 275th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 284th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 295th in the regionMost Armed: 297th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 297th in the regionTop
10%
Most Influential: 327th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 374th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 406th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 415th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 422nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 452nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 475th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 481st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 513th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 531st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 553rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 553rd in the regionMost Developed: 563rd in the regionMost Secular: 583rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 587th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 604th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Barfleur was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, the wheel has been patented by at least a hundred people.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, it is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, new funding allows inner city teachers to replace school laptops almost as fast as they get stolen.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, private businesses are paving paradises to put up parking lots.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, a third of Barfleurians are e-certified CEOs.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, coffee cups have grown in size to accommodate the huge ingredients list.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, the controversial show 'Who Wants to be an Immigrant?' has become wildly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Barfleur, Brown Sugar 101 is a popular course at community colleges.

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