by Max Barry

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Most Devout: 5,137th Largest Publishing Industry: 8,620th Most Cultured: 12,035th
The République Française of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
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Political Freedom

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Population4.281 billion

LeaderJacques René Chirac

AnimalGallic Rooster

The République Française of Vlandia1 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Jacques René Chirac with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.281 billion Frenchmen are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Paris. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.3%.

The frighteningly efficient French economy, worth 464 trillion Euros a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Information Technology. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 108,617 Euros, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 363,325 per year while the poor average 24,137, a ratio of 15.1 to 1.

Small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend, the nation's taxpayers pay for foreign government's extravagances, and Blueriver mercenaries routinely do the army's dirty work. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vlandia1's national animal is the Gallic Rooster, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Vlandia1 is ranked 148,405th in the world and 51st in The Hope Federation for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -45.02 on the Hayek Index.

Most Devout: 5,137thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 8,620thMost Cultured: 12,035thMost Developed: 12,659thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,413thLargest Black Market: 13,608thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,095thHealthiest Citizens: 14,501stMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,985thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,182ndMost Corrupt Governments: 15,430thMost Efficient Economies: 15,532ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,969thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,374thLowest Crime Rates: 16,841st
Largest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Devout: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the region

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