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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,580th Best Weather: 3,686th Least Corrupt Governments: 3,995th
The Grand Constitutional Duchy of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Restiste Et Mords
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Ardenner Forest

Population4.089 billion

CapitalBastogne
LeaderJean-Pierre-Christopphe de Luxembourg

CurrencyArdennisian Franc
AnimalBoar

The Grand Constitutional Duchy of The Ardenner Forest is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Jean-Pierre-Christopphe de Luxembourg with an even hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, soft-spoken computers, and public floggings. The compassionate population of 4.089 billion Ardennians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bastogne. The average income tax rate is 78.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ardennese economy, worth 396 trillion Ardennisian Francs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 96,978 Ardennisian Francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children who display even minimal sporting aptitude are immediately assigned a personal trainer, children prefer to begin their day with push-ups rather than breakfast, vital infrastructure development is on hold because of 'nature and stuff', and the Party has more splits than a yo-yo dieter's trousers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ardenner Forest's national animal is the Boar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Ardenner Forest is ranked 136,472nd in the world and 4,950th in the Rejected Realms for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -97.2 on the Hayek Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,580thBest Weather: 3,686thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,995thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,385thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,805thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,838thMost Pacifist: 5,031stMost Influential: 5,127thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,227thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,277thSafest: 6,189thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,317thNicest Citizens: 6,495thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,611thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,728thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,128thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,361stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,547thTop
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Most Secular: 9,327thMost Developed: 10,194thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,824thMost Inclusive: 11,282ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,101stMost Cultured: 12,103rdHealthiest Citizens: 12,590thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,199thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,266thSmartest Citizens: 14,565thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,686thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,922nd
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 77th in the regionMost Influential: 79th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 88th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 98th in the regionBest Weather: 107th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 109th in the regionMost Pacifist: 114th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 118th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 133rd in the regionSafest: 141st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 147th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 148th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 154th in the regionNicest Citizens: 156th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 163rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 169th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 175th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 191st in the regionMost Inclusive: 246th in the regionMost Secular: 253rd in the regionMost Developed: 254th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 268th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 275th in the regionMost Cultured: 289th in the regionMost Stationary: 303rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 305th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 339th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 345th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 349th in the regionMost Income Equality: 352nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 352nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 358th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 359th in the regionLargest Governments: 427th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 439th in the region

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