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The Republic of Socialist Great Picardy

“The land belongs to the people”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Leftist Assembly

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Socialist Great Picardy

Population2.868 billion

CapitalLa Commune
LeaderLe Comité exécutif

CurrencyÉcu
AnimalPheasant

The Republic of Socialist Great Picardy is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Le Comité exécutif with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.868 billion Picards love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of La Commune. The average income tax rate is 90.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Picardyian economy, worth 141 trillion Écus a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Door-to-door Insurance Sales industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is 49,234 Écus, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

All beauty contests have been banned, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, foreigners with shady pasts are fleeing the country, and many friends and relatives of Le Comité exécutif have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Socialist Great Picardy's national animal is the Pheasant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Socialist Great Picardy is ranked 54,412th in the world and 212th in The Leftist Assembly for Most Developed, scoring 63.9 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Influential: 2,355thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,697thSafest: 4,108thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,609thMost Pacifist: 6,293rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,423rdBest Weather: 8,064thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,464thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,473rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,667thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,970thNicest Citizens: 9,466thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,621stMost Inclusive: 11,920thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,162ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,242ndHealthiest Citizens: 12,936thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,371stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,458thLowest Crime Rates: 14,500thMost Income Equality: 15,994thMost Secular: 18,238thLargest Governments: 20,657thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,090thSmartest Citizens: 22,802nd
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 31st in the regionMost Influential: 34th in the regionSafest: 44th in the region

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