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The Green Otter's State of Garbelia

“Aequalitatem in speciebus!” Lutra Otto

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

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest

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Garbelia

Population2.261 billion

CapitalGarvida
LeaderLutra Otto
FaithLutrianism

CurrencyCryptoGarbel
AnimalOtter

The Green Otter's State of Garbelia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lutra Otto with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, ban on automobiles, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.261 billion Garbeli 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Garvida. The average income tax rate is 95.9%.

The all-consuming Garbelery economy, worth 228 trillion CryptoGarbels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 100,971 CryptoGarbels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, and those who cut young children are told to cut it out. Crime is totally unknown. Garbelia's national animal is the Otter, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Lutrianism.

Garbelia is ranked 3,832nd in the world and 71st in Forest for Most Inclusive, scoring 266.93 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,473rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,841stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,973rdTop
5%
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,529thMost Influential: 2,547thBest Weather: 2,900thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,953rdMost Pacifist: 3,375thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,651stMost Beautiful Environments: 3,703rdMost Inclusive: 3,832ndLargest Welfare Programs: 3,836thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,305thNicest Citizens: 4,327thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,345thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,565thMost Secular: 5,432ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,730thHighest Food Quality: 5,855thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,929thHealthiest Citizens: 6,542ndMost Rebellious Youth: 7,042ndSafest: 8,143rdLargest Governments: 9,217thSmartest Citizens: 10,051stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,169thTop
10%
Highest Poor Incomes: 14,090thMost Cultured: 14,653rdMost Income Equality: 14,771stMost Subsidized Industry: 15,260thMost Developed: 17,188thLowest Crime Rates: 17,702ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 24,094th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15th in the regionTop
10%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 26th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 41st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Garbelia lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, those who cut young children are told to cut it out.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Garbelia lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Garbelia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Omnibus Due Process Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, trespassers entering Lutra Otto's office are immediately vaporized.
  • : Garbelia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Dalimbar".

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