by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,562ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,623rdMost Pacifist: 3,186th
The Province of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Hertog Jan
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.496 billion

LeaderHertog Jan


The Province of Broabant is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Hertog Jan with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, infamous sell-swords, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.496 billion Brabanders 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.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of 's-Hertogenbosch. The average income tax rate is 91.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Brabantian economy, worth 97.0 trillion euros a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 64,829 euros, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment, a little pushing and pulling is needed for big ships to pass, and guide dogs for the blind have been seen using government websites. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Broabant's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Broabant is ranked 209,538th in the world and 1,065th in Europe for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 46.67 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,562ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,623rdTop
Most Pacifist: 3,186thMost Influential: 3,361stSafest: 4,311thBest Weather: 4,548thNicest Citizens: 4,659thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,689thMost Inclusive: 5,678thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,873rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,029thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,061stHealthiest Citizens: 6,487thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,935thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,355thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,422ndMost Beautiful Environments: 8,618thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,714thHighest Food Quality: 9,869thMost Income Equality: 11,056thLowest Crime Rates: 12,176thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,358thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 13,717thSmartest Citizens: 14,237thLargest Governments: 14,836thMost Secular: 15,615thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,005thMost Advanced Public Transport: 24,898th
Most Income Equality: 37th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 37th in the regionMost Pacifist: 63rd in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 67th in the regionBest Weather: 78th in the regionSafest: 85th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 87th in the regionNicest Citizens: 95th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 96th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 111th in the regionMost Inclusive: 115th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 122nd in the region

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