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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,320thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,220thMost Influential: 3,789th
The Jolly Fresh Fields of
Democratic Socialists
Making Refugia Glow and Glitter Again
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Lower French Gregballs

Population7.096 billion

CapitalSt Greg Ball Academy in the Fields
LeaderAnne-Marie Juliette
FaithTangerinism

CurrencyFlorin
AnimalSeagull

The Jolly Fresh Fields of Lower French Gregballs is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Anne-Marie Juliette with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.096 billion Lower French Gregballists are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Administration, Environment, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of St Greg Ball Academy in the Fields. The average income tax rate is 91.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Lower French Gregballsian economy, worth 588 trillion Florins a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 82,887 Florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Many suspect the government "doth protest too much" with their curiously specific denials of conspiracy theories, major boxing matches are held in government buildings, the welfare administration's new sweeping authority has forced the poor and needy to shop from pre-approved grocery lists, and citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lower French Gregballs's national animal is the Seagull, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Tangerinism.

Lower French Gregballs is ranked 211,327th in the world and 236th in Refugia for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.78 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,320thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,220thMost Influential: 3,789thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,218thMost Pacifist: 4,828thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,940thBest Weather: 5,184thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,556thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,603rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,758thSafest: 6,422ndMost Inclusive: 6,747thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,801stMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,879thNicest Citizens: 7,907thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,598thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,737thHighest Food Quality: 9,812thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,738thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,790thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,911thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,697thMost Secular: 14,330thLargest Governments: 16,517thHealthiest Citizens: 17,098thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,840thMost Cultured: 19,408thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,013thSmartest Citizens: 21,953rdMost Developed: 22,455thLowest Crime Rates: 25,236th
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Most Stationary: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 19th in the regionMost Influential: 19th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 27th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 28th in the regionBest Weather: 31st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 31st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 32nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 34th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 34th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 36th in the regionSafest: 36th in the regionMost Inclusive: 36th in the regionLargest Governments: 38th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 38th in the regionMost Secular: 38th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 40th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 41st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Lower French Gregballs, citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower French Gregballs, the welfare administration's new sweeping authority has forced the poor and needy to shop from pre-approved grocery lists.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower French Gregballs, major boxing matches are held in government buildings.
  • : Lower French Gregballs was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Lower French Gregballs's influence in Refugia fell from "Handshaker" to "Truckler".
  • : Lower French Gregballs's influence in Refugia rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Lower French Gregballs was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Lower French Gregballs's influence in Refugia fell from "Handshaker" to "Truckler".
  • : Lower French Gregballs was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Lower French Gregballs, many suspect the government "doth protest too much" with their curiously specific denials of conspiracy theories.

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