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The Kingdom of Ensbridge

“Mbele Pamoja”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: Balder



Population3.459 billion

LeaderMaxwell I


The Kingdom of Ensbridge is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Maxwell I with a fair hand, and notable for its punitive income tax rates, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.459 billion Ensbridgeans 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alston. The average income tax rate is 52.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Ensbridgean economy, worth 250 trillion Pounds a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 72,461 Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, Maxwell I's new door-knocking campaign has the sweet taste of success, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage, and the cancellation of "The Real Vixens of Alston" has been described as a real blow for entertainment. Crime is totally unknown. Ensbridge's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ensbridge is ranked 67,056th in the world and 3,042nd in Balder for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 1,786.5 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,836thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,696thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,037thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,282ndNicest Citizens: 18,798thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,991stBest Weather: 20,638thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,845thHealthiest Citizens: 24,412thMost Pacifist: 24,956thMost Beautiful Environments: 26,964th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ensbridge's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Ensbridge's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in Ensbridge, the cancellation of "The Real Vixens of Alston" has been described as a real blow for entertainment.
  • : Ensbridge's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Ensbridge altered its national flag.
  • : Ensbridge applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Ensbridge was refounded in Balder.
  • : Ensbridge ceased to exist in Enowiden.
  • : Ensbridge voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn A Bloodred Moon".
  • : Ensbridge's influence in Enowiden rose from "Page" to "Squire".