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The Most Serene Republic of French Bananastan

“Take me to your leader. Or... lead me to your taker.” Emma Peel

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific

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French Bananastan

Population8.811 billion

CapitalArdis Hall
LeaderEmma Peel
Faithnone of anyone's business

CurrencyWidget
AnimalPangolin

The Most Serene Republic of French Bananastan is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Emma Peel with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, sprawling nuclear power plants, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.811 billion French Bananastanians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ardis Hall. The average income tax rate is 87.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient French Bananastanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,068 trillion Widgets a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 121,288 Widgets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Almost every singles' party has a clergy and courtesans theme, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, Emma Peel panders to nontraditional families, and truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. French Bananastan's national animal is the Pangolin, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is none of anyone's business.

French Bananastan is ranked 161,262nd in the world and 7,152nd in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -3.35 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 342ndMost Influential: 600thBest Weather: 2,006thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,007thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,726thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,757thSafest: 2,772ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,992ndMost Pacifist: 3,147thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,318thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,364thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,662ndNicest Citizens: 4,259thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,598thMost Inclusive: 4,712thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,865thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,005thHealthiest Citizens: 5,139thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,139thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,198thMost Developed: 8,120thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,818thMost Cultured: 9,337thSmartest Citizens: 9,397thNudest: 9,404thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,667thMost Stationary: 10,192ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,194thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 11,282ndLargest Governments: 11,470thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,124thMost Politically Free: 13,400thHighest Economic Output: 15,806thMost Secular: 15,943rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,130thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,641stLowest Crime Rates: 17,938thMost Efficient Economies: 18,836thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,819thHighest Drug Use: 20,445th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 115th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 118th in the regionBest Weather: 132nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 137th in the regionMost Politically Free: 147th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 148th in the regionSafest: 154th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 157th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 166th in the regionMost Pacifist: 187th in the regionMost Influential: 204th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 210th in the regionMost Stationary: 211th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 231st in the regionNicest Citizens: 253rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 262nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 277th in the regionMost Inclusive: 300th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 303rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 306th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 311th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 319th in the regionNudest: 355th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 362nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 439th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 454th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 479th in the regionMost Developed: 483rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 507th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 521st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 526th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 549th in the regionLargest Governments: 554th in the regionLargest Populations: 557th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 559th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 625th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 845th in the regionMost Secular: 850th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 901st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 903rd in the region

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