by Max Barry

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The Colony of Falgabard

“We Will Endure”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Falgabard

Population882 million

CapitalLlornaderek

CurrencyGil
AnimalPenguin

The Colony of Falgabard is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its irreverence towards religion, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 882 million Falgabardians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Llornaderek. The average income tax rate is 72.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Falgabardian economy, worth 82.0 trillion Gils a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. Average income is 92,958 Gils, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin, hospitals in Falgabard are too busy serving the needs of The East Pacific to see Falgabardians, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate, and the average commuter spends four hours a day driving to and from work. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Falgabard's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Falgabard is ranked 164,463rd in the world and 7,335th in The East Pacific for Most Devout, with 2.47 Prayers Per Hour.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,698thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,012thMost Secular: 4,294thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,720thMost Pacifist: 5,753rdMost Influential: 6,180thSafest: 6,532ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,812thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,876thNicest Citizens: 6,982ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,697thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,068thTop
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Most Inclusive: 9,836thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,950thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,930thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,823rdBest Weather: 13,311thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,909thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,033rdMost Income Equality: 16,305thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,481st
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 111th in the regionMost Secular: 127th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 151st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 170th in the regionMost Pacifist: 174th in the regionSafest: 190th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 204th in the regionNicest Citizens: 206th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 212th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 218th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 247th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 298th in the regionMost Inclusive: 299th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 321st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 344th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 393rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 417th in the regionMost Influential: 430th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 445th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 453rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 457th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 475th in the regionNudest: 481st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 540th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 559th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 574th in the regionMost Developed: 579th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 600th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 609th in the regionLargest Governments: 614th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 648th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 651st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 684th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 725th in the region

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