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Most Influential: 1,377thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,138thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,431st
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The Greylands

Population2.832 billion


The Democratic States of The Greylands is a massive, cultured nation, remarkable for its national health service, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 2.832 billion Greylandsians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 85.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Greylandsian economy, worth 336 trillion dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 118,730 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Engine room hooch is the drink of choice among the nation's navy, citizens ask "how many crooks could a nunchuck hook if a nun had nunchucks too?", the government is engaging in an agricultural trade war with Maxtopia, and the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Swan Dung" has been declared a national treasure. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Greylands's national animal is the swan, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Greylands is ranked 44,729th in the world and 1,976th in Osiris for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 3.35 Bank.

Most Influential: 1,377thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,138thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,431stNicest Citizens: 5,777thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,220thHealthiest Citizens: 6,577thMost Inclusive: 6,817thBest Weather: 6,921stMost Pacifist: 6,923rdLargest Welfare Programs: 7,041stLargest Publishing Industry: 7,098thMost Developed: 9,010thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,091stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,308thLowest Crime Rates: 10,547thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,570thMost Efficient Economies: 10,707thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,965thSmartest Citizens: 11,184thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,273rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,421stMost Advanced Public Education: 11,423rdTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 12,095thLargest Retail Industry: 12,376thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,401stSafest: 12,439thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,527thLargest Governments: 13,214thMost Cultured: 14,010thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,025thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,094thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,680thHighest Average Incomes: 24,043rd
Most Influential: 6th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 240th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 242nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 264th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 280th in the regionMost Inclusive: 319th in the regionBest Weather: 328th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 331st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 347th in the regionMost Pacifist: 349th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 376th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 399th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 423rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 449th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 470th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 511th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 535th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 563rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 583rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 584th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 644th in the regionSafest: 658th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 667th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 679th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 683rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 701st in the regionLargest Governments: 730th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 755th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 770th in the regionMost Cultured: 782nd in the region

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