by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,218thSafest: 10,855thMost Pacifist: 10,970th
The Grand Duchy of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Profectum et fraternitatem
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population135 million

CurrencyGrand Ducat
AnimalSheep Dog

The Grand Duchy of Bobesville-Sholstine is a very large, cultured nation, remarkable for its ban on automobiles, frequent executions, and national health service. The compassionate population of 135 million Bobesville-Sholstieners have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 61.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Bobesville-Sholstinean economy, worth 6.76 trillion Grand Ducats a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Cheese Exports, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 50,110 Grand Ducats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's soldiers are considered the best-dressed in Refugia, legal contracts aren't worth the paper they're written on, there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees, and citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bobesville-Sholstine's national animal is the Sheep Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bobesville-Sholstine is ranked 73,550th in the world and 216th in Refugia for Most Income Equality, scoring 49.7 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,218thSafest: 10,855thMost Pacifist: 10,970thTop
Most Inclusive: 21,023rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 21,317thNicest Citizens: 21,726thBest Weather: 22,636thHighest Food Quality: 26,956th
Largest Retail Industry: 37th in the regionMost Average: 38th in the region

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