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The Grand Constitutional Duchy of The Ardenner Forest

“Restiste Et Mords”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms

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The Ardenner Forest

Population4.285 billion

CapitalBastogne
LeaderJean-Pierre-Christopphe de Luxembourg

CurrencyArdennisian Franc
AnimalBoar

The Grand Constitutional Duchy of The Ardenner Forest is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Jean-Pierre-Christopphe de Luxembourg with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, soft-spoken computers, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate population of 4.285 billion Ardennians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bastogne. The average income tax rate is 78.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ardennese economy, worth 416 trillion Ardennisian Francs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 97,174 Ardennisian Francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children who display even minimal sporting aptitude are immediately assigned a personal trainer, children prefer to begin their day with push-ups rather than breakfast, vital infrastructure development is on hold because of 'nature and stuff', and the Party has more splits than a yo-yo dieter's trousers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ardenner Forest's national animal is the Boar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Ardenner Forest is ranked 24,579th in the world and 297th in the Rejected Realms for Most Stationary, with 544.8264568664 Days.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,606thBest Weather: 3,654thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,974thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,322ndLargest Welfare Programs: 4,746thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,817thMost Influential: 5,022ndMost Pacifist: 5,055thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,250thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,258thSafest: 6,182ndMost Advanced Public Education: 6,334thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,606thNicest Citizens: 6,610thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,713thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,222ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,259thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,282ndTop
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Most Secular: 9,404thMost Developed: 10,275thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,919thMost Inclusive: 11,418thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,122ndMost Cultured: 12,139thHealthiest Citizens: 12,617thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,198thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,345thSmartest Citizens: 14,647thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,852ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,075th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 74th in the regionMost Influential: 78th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 88th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 89th in the regionBest Weather: 103rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 107th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 116th in the regionMost Pacifist: 118th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 130th in the regionSafest: 132nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 145th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 145th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 149th in the regionNicest Citizens: 156th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 161st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 171st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 176th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 184th in the regionMost Secular: 234th in the regionMost Inclusive: 243rd in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 256th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 263rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 270th in the regionMost Cultured: 287th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 291st in the regionMost Stationary: 297th in the regionMost Income Equality: 304th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 334th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 335th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 343rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 348th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 356th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 365th in the regionLargest Governments: 428th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 433rd in the region

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