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The Kingdom of Groot-Ievenburg

“Een koe moet eten en gegeten worden!”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Lazarus

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Groot-Ievenburg

Population7.212 billion

CapitalIefstad
LeaderKing Ief I

CurrencyIBF
Animalcow

The Kingdom of Groot-Ievenburg is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Ief I with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cheerful population of 7.212 billion Groot-Ievenburgians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iefstad. The average income tax rate is 89.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Groot-Ievenburgian economy, worth 927 trillion IBFS a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 128,569 IBFS, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law, war vets look after war animals, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent, and the slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Groot-Ievenburg's national animal is the cow, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Groot-Ievenburg is ranked 142,426th in the world and 5,307th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 32.5 on the Rand Index.

Top
5%
Largest Publishing Industry: 3,405thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,424thMost Developed: 5,187thHealthiest Citizens: 5,213thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,302ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,916thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,056thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,059thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,464thMost Pacifist: 6,534thSmartest Citizens: 6,618thMost Cultured: 7,331stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,583rdNicest Citizens: 7,680thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,482ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,562ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,752ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,990thBest Weather: 9,088thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,152ndMost Secular: 9,238thLowest Crime Rates: 9,808thLargest Governments: 10,185thTop
10%
Largest Welfare Programs: 10,457thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,055thMost Inclusive: 12,182ndSafest: 13,179thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,776thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,504thHighest Economic Output: 18,193rdMost Efficient Economies: 18,518thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,850thHighest Average Incomes: 19,250th
Top
5%
Largest Publishing Industry: 172nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 227th in the regionMost Developed: 256th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 285th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 287th in the regionMost Pacifist: 322nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 324th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 334th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 350th in the regionNicest Citizens: 354th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 368th in the regionTop
10%
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 403rd in the regionMost Cultured: 407th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 421st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 439th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 469th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 470th in the regionMost Secular: 485th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 519th in the regionBest Weather: 520th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 522nd in the regionLargest Governments: 603rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 610th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 614th in the regionMost Inclusive: 651st in the regionSafest: 708th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 723rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 738th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Groot-Ievenburg's influence in Lazarus rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in Groot-Ievenburg, the slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework.
  • : Following new legislation in Groot-Ievenburg, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • : Groot-Ievenburg was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth and Most Inclusive.
  • : Groot-Ievenburg was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs, Lowest Crime Rates, and Largest Governments and the Top 10% for Highest Economic Output and Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Groot-Ievenburg was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Groot-Ievenburg was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Following new legislation in Groot-Ievenburg, war vets look after war animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Groot-Ievenburg, weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law.
  • : Groot-Ievenburg was reclassified from "Left-Leaning College State" to "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise".

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