by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,508thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,644thMost Influential: 10,813th
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New Francois

Population120 million


The People's Republic of New Francois is a very large, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, cynical population of 120 million Frenches are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 55.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong New Francoisian economy, worth 5.44 trillion Reyns a year, is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 45,301 Reyns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Drugs containing the compound "oleum de serpens" are being sold to cancer patients, homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, and Frenches caught jaywalking often have their houses seized by the police. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Francois's national animal is the Otter, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

New Francois is ranked 25,372nd in the world and 1,187th in The North Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 2,860.08 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,508thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,644thTop
Most Influential: 10,813thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,635thLargest Retail Industry: 13,793rd
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 555th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 673rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 863rd in the region

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