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The Rue de l'Étoile of Grand Place

“Yellow is the finest colour” Charles Buls

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus

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Grand Place

Population4.25 billion

CapitalBruxelles
LeaderCharles Buls
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencyeuro
Animallion

The Rue de l'Étoile of Grand Place is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Charles Buls with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 4.25 billion Belgians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bruxelles. The average income tax rate is 65.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Belgian economy, worth 383 trillion euros a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 90,128 euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Former arms manufacturing CEOs are now delivering food for minimum wage, the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Grand Place" on tails, public executions just aren't the cheery spectacles they once were, and prison reforms have replaced communal luaus with communal loos. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Grand Place's national animal is the lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Grand Place is ranked 199,940th in the world and 7,448th in Lazarus for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -9.47 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,260thMost Influential: 2,308thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,721stLargest Retail Industry: 7,411thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 12,726thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,237thMost Cultured: 15,387thMost Developed: 15,822ndLargest Publishing Industry: 16,517thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,259thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,560th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 20th in the regionMost Influential: 39th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 123rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 383rd in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 566th in the regionMost Stationary: 666th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 759th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Grand Place was endorsed by The Village Republic of Temmi.
  • : Grand Place was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Place, prison reforms have replaced communal luaus with communal loos.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Place, public executions just aren't the cheery spectacles they once were.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Place, the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Grand Place" on tails.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Place, former arms manufacturing CEOs are now delivering food for minimum wage.
  • : Following new legislation in Grand Place, Charles Buls has been seen stealthily slicing fifths off bread loaves.
  • : Grand Place endorsed The Heart of The United Syrian States.
  • : Grand Place voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Nuremgard".
  • : Grand Place voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Integrity in Law Enforcement".

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