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The Empire of Greygard

“We serve the people” Arcturus Nott

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Greygard

Population3.972 billion

CapitalAstonia
LeaderArcturus Nott

CurrencyDrakons
AnimalBrown Wolf

The Empire of Greygard is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Arcturus Nott with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.972 billion Greygardians 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 medium-sized, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Welfare, Environment, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Astonia. The average income tax rate is 70.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Greygardian economy, worth 426 trillion Drakons a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 107,275 Drakons, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ten-year-olds regularly found their own political parties, gossip magazines have pictures of Arcturus Nott sunbathing on the beach with political rivals, tower block residents are each held responsible for four square inches of front lawn, and Bigtopian interference in domestic elections is always democratically sanctioned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Greygard's national animal is the Brown Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Greygard is ranked 26,555th in the world and 897th in Lazarus for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 75.03 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,439thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,946thMost Influential: 4,168thMost Pacifist: 4,343rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,761stNicest Citizens: 4,952ndSafest: 5,163rdMost Inclusive: 5,911thBest Weather: 6,812thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,940thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,811thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,467thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,004thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,434thHealthiest Citizens: 10,208thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,510thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,676thLowest Crime Rates: 10,985thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,994thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,972ndSmartest Citizens: 12,071stMost Cultured: 13,447thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,216thMost Income Equality: 15,207th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 61st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 137th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 207th in the regionMost Pacifist: 220th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 224th in the regionNicest Citizens: 232nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 295th in the regionSafest: 310th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 368th in the regionMost Income Equality: 437th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 444th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 456th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 464th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 493rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 497th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 594th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 595th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 623rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 630th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 661st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 677th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 685th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Greygard, Bigtopian interference in domestic elections is always democratically sanctioned.
  • : Following new legislation in Greygard, tower block residents are each held responsible for four square inches of front lawn.
  • : Following new legislation in Greygard, gossip magazines have pictures of Arcturus Nott sunbathing on the beach with political rivals.
  • : Following new legislation in Greygard, ten-year-olds regularly found their own political parties.
  • : Greygard was reclassified from "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise" to "Left-wing Utopia".
  • : Following new legislation in Greygard, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Greygardian satellites can detect it.
  • : Following new legislation in Greygard, at least 1% of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget goes to Arcturus Nott's wardrobe.
  • : Following new legislation in Greygard, newspapers and TV broadcasters are given a list of 'acceptable words'.
  • : Greygard was endorsed by The Questionable Existence of Your Imaginary Friend.
  • : Greygard was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.

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