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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,393rdMost Influential: 2,434thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,982nd
The Rue de l'Étoile of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Yellow is the finest colour
Charles Buls
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Grand Place

Population4.506 billion

CapitalBruxelles
LeaderCharles Buls
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencyeuro
Animallion

The Rue de l'Étoile of Grand Place is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Charles Buls with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 4.506 billion Belgians 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, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bruxelles. The average income tax rate is 66.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Belgian economy, worth 407 trillion euros a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 90,489 euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Former arms manufacturing CEOs are now delivering food for minimum wage, the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Grand Place" on tails, public executions just aren't the cheery spectacles they once were, and prison reforms have replaced communal luaus with communal loos. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Grand Place's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Grand Place is ranked 210,860th in the world and 7,814th in Lazarus for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -10.33 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,393rdMost Influential: 2,434thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,982ndLargest Retail Industry: 9,352ndTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 15,401stMost Cultured: 15,506thMost Developed: 15,882ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 19,575thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,111thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,815thSmartest Citizens: 22,177thLargest Black Market: 22,334th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 24th in the regionMost Influential: 35th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 145th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 505th in the regionMost Stationary: 624th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 724th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 761st in the region

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