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The Rue de l'Étoile of Grand Place

“Yellow is the finest colour” Charles Buls

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Grand Place

Population2.447 billion

CapitalBruxelles
LeaderCharles Buls
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencyeuro
Animallion

The Rue de l'Étoile of Grand Place is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Charles Buls with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 2.447 billion Belgians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken 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 40.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Belgian economy, worth 138 trillion euros a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 56,653 euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Hundreds of teenagers die every year at the Belgian Hungry Games, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, corporate lobbying has been outlawed, and billions of euros are being blown on orbital weapons development. Crime is relatively low. 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 38,067th in the world and 1,479th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 62.11 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,732ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,148thTop
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Most Influential: 11,910thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,205thMost Avoided: 14,121st
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 157th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 168th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 372nd in the region

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