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The Green Otter's State of Garbelia

“Ad aequalitatem enim speciei overseen a lutrę” Lutra Otto

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Forest

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Garbelia

Population1.294 billion

CapitalGarvida
LeaderLutra Otto
FaithLutrianism

CurrencyCryptoGarbel
AnimalOtter

The Green Otter's State of Garbelia is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lutra Otto with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, rampant corporate plagiarism, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.294 billion Garbeli 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, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Garvida. The average income tax rate is 93.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Garbelery economy, worth 134 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 extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 104,166 CryptoGarbels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pandemics are over and done with by the time it takes to pass the nation's stringent border security, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order, military officials are questioning the policy of ceding the nation's territory in exchange for promises not to invade it, and laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts. 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 137,064th in the world and 365th in Forest for Largest Populations, with 1.29 billion Capita.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,258thMost Secular: 1,734thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,943rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,190thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,895thMost Pacifist: 3,900thBest Weather: 4,705thMost Influential: 4,874thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,086thMost Inclusive: 5,116thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,352ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,447thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,687thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,240thNicest Citizens: 6,320thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,507thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,172ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,568thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,171stMost Rebellious Youth: 8,447thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,592ndHealthiest Citizens: 8,663rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,775thSmartest Citizens: 10,880thLargest Governments: 11,289thSafest: 11,362ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,707thTop
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Most Income Equality: 12,077thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,824thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,501stMost Cultured: 16,830thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,646thLowest Crime Rates: 20,573rd
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 23rd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 31st in the regionMost Income Equality: 37th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 42nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, military officials are questioning the policy of ceding the nation's territory in exchange for promises not to invade it.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, pandemics are over and done with by the time it takes to pass the nation's stringent border security.
  • : Garbelia was endorsed by The Grand Duchy of Shauls.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, it ain't easy to be green enough to be imported into Garbelia.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, all beauty contests have been banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Garbelia, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber.
  • : Garbelia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Deadeye Jack".
  • : Garbelia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Freedom of dress".

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