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The Green Otters' State of Garbelia

“Aequalitatem in speciebus!” Lutra Otto

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest

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Garbelia

Population3.802 billion

CapitalGarvida
LeaderLutra Otto
FaithLutrianism

CurrencyCryptoGarbel
AnimalOtter

The Green Otters' State of Garbelia is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lutra Otto with an even hand, and renowned for its state-planned economy, lack of airports, and infamous sell-swords. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.802 billion Garbeli are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Garvida. The average income tax rate is 96.1%.

The all-consuming Garbelery economy, worth 393 trillion CryptoGarbels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry. Average income is an impressive 103,441 CryptoGarbels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously", the country is rumored to be a Brancalandian puppet state, goldfish bowls are three metres in diameter, and schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students. 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 174,874th in the world and 271st in Forest for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 98.39 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,608thMost Influential: 1,618thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,666thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,499thTop
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Best Weather: 3,130thMost Pacifist: 3,353rdLargest Welfare Programs: 3,690thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,774thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,910thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,933rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,962ndMost Inclusive: 4,049thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,296thMost Secular: 4,318thNicest Citizens: 4,370thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,160thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,702ndHighest Food Quality: 5,907thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,929thHealthiest Citizens: 6,606thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,815thSafest: 7,932ndLargest Governments: 9,070thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,187thSmartest Citizens: 10,240thTop
10%
Highest Poor Incomes: 14,351stMost Cultured: 14,484thMost Income Equality: 16,185thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,309thMost Developed: 17,557thLowest Crime Rates: 18,349thMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,579th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 33rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, goldfish bowls are three metres in diameter.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, the country is rumored to be a Brancalandian puppet state.
  • : Garbelia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Garbelia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Garbelia lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously".
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, government fact-checkers use surprising amounts of high explosive.
  • : Garbelia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.

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