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The Republic of Coldwater

“L’union fait la force”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Coldwater

Population367 million

CapitalNaperville

CurrencyDollar
AnimalCardinal

The Republic of Coldwater is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its complete lack of prisons, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 367 million Coldwaterians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Naperville. The average income tax rate is 41.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Coldwaterian economy, worth 39.9 trillion Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 108,776 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients, collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise, videogames like 'Equalia: Knights of Self-Confidence' are proving inexplicably unpopular, and condos feature wall-mounted cages containing endangered animals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Coldwater's national animal is the Cardinal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Coldwater is ranked 21,339th in the world and 747th in the South Pacific for Healthiest Citizens, with 8.38 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,866thTop
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Most Influential: 8,185thLargest Retail Industry: 8,519thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,675thLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,945thMost Inclusive: 14,863rd
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Largest Retail Industry: 227th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 355th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 397th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 446th in the regionMost Politically Free: 504th in the regionMost Developed: 508th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 522nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 532nd in the regionMost Cultured: 556th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 568th in the regionMost Influential: 583rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Coldwater was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Following new legislation in Coldwater, condos feature wall-mounted cages containing endangered animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Coldwater, videogames like 'Equalia: Knights of Self-Confidence' are proving inexplicably unpopular.
  • : Following new legislation in Coldwater, collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Coldwater, counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients.
  • : Following new legislation in Coldwater, homes have been banned from having any more than one wheel.
  • : Following new legislation in Coldwater, the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools.
  • : Coldwater was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Coldwater, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Coldwaterian radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity.
  • : Following new legislation in Coldwater, Coldwater is notorious for its citizens' infidelity.

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