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The United Socialist States of Free State of Belgium

“Résiste et Mords!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: The Region That Has No Big Banks

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Free State of Belgium

Population586 million

CapitalBrussels

CurrencySilver Hawk
AnimalHawk

The United Socialist States of Free State of Belgium is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, infamous sell-swords, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed population of 586 million Belgians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Brussels. The average income tax rate is 40.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The A Belgian economy, worth 38.5 trillion Silver Hawks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 65,697 Silver Hawks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nude art is becoming wildly popular, couples kissing on the street are detained for 'unlawful exchange of genetic material', only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote, and pre-schoolers who draw stick figures of their favorite celebrities are sued for infringing image rights. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Free State of Belgium's national animal is the Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Free State of Belgium is ranked 41,884th in the world and 63rd in The Region That Has No Big Banks for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 2,110.37 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,167thMost Influential: 7,970th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the region

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