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The PDR of Québec of
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Premier Robert K Comeau
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Central Arstotzka

Population10.99 billion

CapitalVille de Québec
LeaderPremier Robert K Comeau
FaithState Atheism

CurrencyQuébécois Dollar
AnimalSnowy Owl

The PDR of Québec of Central Arstotzka is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Premier Robert K Comeau with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, unlimited-speed roads, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.99 billion Québécois enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ville de Québec. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Québécois economy, worth a remarkable 2,203 trillion Québécois Dollars a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 200,539 Québécois Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Engine room hooch is the drink of choice among the nation's navy, NPCs in MMORPGs regularly interrupt cutscenes with OOC reminders that they aren't real people, 9 out of 10 consumers think that vitamins can cure cancer, and children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Central Arstotzka's national animal is the Snowy Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is State Atheism.

Central Arstotzka is ranked 156,105th in the world and 178th in Commonwealth of Liberty for Most Primitive, scoring -450.12 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Best Weather: 1,613thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 1,901stLargest Governments: 1,901stHealthiest Citizens: 1,927thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,991stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,994thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,033rdMost Subsidized Industry: 2,061stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,128thSafest: 2,324thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,340thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,363rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,382ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,540thMost Developed: 2,558thLowest Crime Rates: 2,872ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,076thMost Efficient Economies: 3,411thMost Cultured: 3,550thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,560thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,690thSmartest Citizens: 4,019thMost Influential: 4,077thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,464thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,635thHighest Economic Output: 5,113thHighest Average Incomes: 5,642ndMost Inclusive: 5,705thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,536thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,213thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 8,277thMost Secular: 11,000th
Most Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionTop
Safest: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the regionMost Inclusive: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Cultured: 19th in the region

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