by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,252ndMost Influential: 9,445thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,774th
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New Francois

Population151 million


The People's Republic of New Francois is a very large, orderly nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, cynical population of 151 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 Defense. The average income tax rate is 56.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong New Francoisian economy, worth 6.89 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 45,651 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 193,453rd in the world and 8,520th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -8 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,252ndMost Influential: 9,445thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,774thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 11,668thLargest Retail Industry: 14,029th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 576th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 683rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 867th in the region

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