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The Free Land of Jestings

“We Will”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population561 million


Currencydollar bucks

The Free Land of Jestings is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its lack of airports, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 561 million Jestians 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 Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jestonia. The average income tax rate is 66.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Jestian economy, worth 50.6 trillion dollar bucks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 90,126 dollar bucks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?", companies flee the nation rather than pay their fair share of taxes, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines', and obstetricians are not allowed to publish ultrasound pictures of fetuses in medical journals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Jestings's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Jestings is ranked 82,620th in the world and 3,987th in The North Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 53.2 Insults Per Minute.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 269thMost Influential: 2,043rdTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 4,260thMost Secular: 5,443rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,039thSafest: 6,893rdMost Pacifist: 7,185thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,602ndBest Weather: 9,459thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 12,524thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,055thNicest Citizens: 13,599thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,761stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,521stMost Inclusive: 17,163rdMost Cultured: 19,552ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,042ndMost Advanced Public Education: 20,185thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,370thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,842ndLargest Welfare Programs: 20,999th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 206th in the regionMost Secular: 298th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 331st in the regionSafest: 380th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 406th in the regionMost Pacifist: 424th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 438th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 514th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 655th in the regionMost Influential: 710th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 747th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 749th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 770th in the regionNicest Citizens: 783rd in the regionMost Cultured: 980th in the regionMost Inclusive: 1,004th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Jestings was endorsed by The United Coffee Provinces of Caffeinetopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Jestings, obstetricians are not allowed to publish ultrasound pictures of fetuses in medical journals.
  • : Following new legislation in Jestings, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'.
  • : Jestings endorsed The United Kingdom of Venicea.
  • : Jestings was endorsed by The United Kingdom of Venicea.
  • : Following new legislation in Jestings, companies flee the nation rather than pay their fair share of taxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Jestings, the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?".
  • : Following new legislation in Jestings, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Jestonia Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in Jestings, footballers are doing aerobics in the sauna to build their hot weather endurance.
  • : Following new legislation in Jestings, newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 364 » Notyoutopia, Sundred, Hamerica, Yaorozu, Daiz, Interdimensional Zone, El Fiji Grande, Dabarastan, Corfad, McMasterdonia, Guer Aike, Fauzjhia, Siwale, Wit Noreis, Frances Francis the First of France, Hopsin, Malta Comino Gozo, Newpromisedland, New Jamgra, Arichia, The Rhein States, Shibutani, Zzozona, Territorio di Nessuno, Ethnon, Prydania, New Lakemba, Empy, Noahs Second Country, The Tampa Bay Rays, Sikol, Brucklania, Yamantau, Omnistria, Joodey, Lux Conos, Great Bights Mum, Libertania Democratica, Koda-Land, Simone Republic, Dreadton, Wineclaw, Dar es Saalam, Pazair, Saperisole, PotatoFarmers, Sunto, North Bratislava, Valhalla123, Loutsland, and 314 others.Kocherian, Westinor, Shadowrik, Xyrron, Ravendi, Zeternia, Highton Islands, Schnuftelland, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Pokemanland, Zumlandia, Nistriabar, Selfgradatude, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Former English Colony, Pallaith, 1 very fast endotarter, Xagill, Principia Mathematica, Madjack, Clan Spaniel, Sil Dorsett, The Calabash Protectorate, Seanat, The Iron Lions, Maclare, Ihsan, Kranostav, Seenvorland, Xipher, Praeceps, Buckhem, Kragsgale, Valentine Z, Astal Aavors, Amerian States, WeKnow, Illusia and Neverendia, United Kahndaq, Artemis Selene, Erubetia, Pigeonstan, Bacciatto, Andexia, Solskjar, Yokciq Empire, Moubarakistan, Respublic of corusant, U S Eh, Neu-Galicia, Daulatpur, Heilhum Imperius, Nichigo Sebe, Free Nation of Hong Kong, Holy Empire Of Greater Bavaria, Napnomadia, Orado, Vincone Cae, Dopeland420, Votak Matim, Runeda, Eywaan, Harjad, Frahnkzaden, Aerilia, Avastate, Cosmosplosion, The Endless Eventide, Cretox State, Morover, Visse, Craams Mal, DIMAnism, Solcius, TLTland, Ardretia, East Akra, Unsophisticate, Srnsbaland, Lulubellia, Innocentic, Chukstik Illahi, East Supple Lund, Eraver, Gendirt, Solphine, Lotion Empire, Fizban, Nouvelle-Floride, Multius, Salt-and-Pepper, Soviet Terran, Hardscrabble, Orogonia, Entecavir, Krywyy Rig, Advancia-Sizzletown, Miamington, Arawi, Kurniastan, Necromonia, Esplandia, The Bureaucratic Territories, Tyirza, SORT, Holy Oranz, Triado, Diplomasqi, Gweithwyr, Kenaniahistan, Cowbridge, Iron Cladia, Dakota Territories, Colonies of Free Temeria, Ramiru, Lanorth, Hells Ninth Circle, Walter Jackson, Lemonbiscuits, Dicko, Gabenia, Karazan, Pleroma Sans Romans, Revolutionary Sealand, Central Ryal, Felpolandia, Republica Guilleana, Disunited Earth, Abonland, Alice Gardens, United Lokkia, Zokk, South Baba, Emerencia, Termathe, Dangine, Azzarel, El Emayo, Arimbia, Liminyj, Inner lorrainia, Asoc lon, Moszce-Walvard, BrightFutures, Ivy Rekkia, Sattelbach, Nuevo Navarre, Eisenmund, United Draconia, Shizzy, United Island States of Southeast Asia, Outer Shenendoah, Copola, Alqulonde, Snottelling, Soupyr des Givres, Picairn, Demo Troplenia, Axolotlus, Potatolandium, Dacian Freelands, The Most Freedom Ever, OuterGalactic Federation of the emu, New Avian, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Zachlend, Fascist Democracy, Aeurithianar, Ice and Tinian, Amprak, Harveney, Quentiam Viventem, Glanst, United Learia, French Bananastan, Chips and Guac, The Gamer Party, Elvoreto, Sile Maungistan, The Kingdom Of Wagies, Democratic Republic of Kohland, TJUN-ia, Ekaitokoa, Keventle, Navsland, Grue, North Unity, Impols Zari, Gainesixtan, R libanon, Gilakistan, Sisang, Minuda, Fel Imass, Rockwell Islands, GlobeCV, Frieszia, Itallitopia, The True Frog, Gor Nacho, Verytas, Trance Empire, Magna Banitia, Cinnibar, Zemper Macro, Noesantara, Halivaara, Mardessa, Tolopel, Olofin, Gambosnia and Herzegoman, Old Emporia, Detrivania, The Canadian Peoples Republic, Terrax, Neo Cheese Empire, ArizonaRepublic, Rozarus, Aoncarpa, Drutopia Insomnia, Aetulia, LostLegion, Santalcine, Democratie, Joevala, Tukayyiad, Feelonia, Manticore utopia, Daerlan, Neo-Ottomania, Cosamaloapan, Rimausean, Gozenka, A Ordem do Caos, Solmetria, Bend Mai, Lucedeia, Pleasuretown, Centromuria, WOoloo Unitedstrtes, Timbrey, Rad Lads, Phoronu, Ofira, Partax, Citrus Rutaceae, Uss charlestonsc, Florida Palms, Rumagna, Fran Advar, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Kuldi, Cartures, Cartero, Sevinland, Austral States of America, The English Alliance, Altivia, Wooleystan, Anungu, Marmiedon, Singamadri, Eurochina, Abiswashyo-bhumi, The AP Republic, Zimmerdachen, Kingdom of Witcheria, Arrivederci, Barabolia, Etanur, David Davidson, Czechnin, Cape Flower, Imperial Pieserged, Sopernia, Merconitonitopia, Zupla, A Die, Loli County, Western Aurtoplethurd, A Salmon Named Harold, Godwanna, Kasazzastan, Smesh, Indonisa Romana, Boston Castle, Maynilan, Aingard, Alyrria, Wilkshire, The Clever Crow, Wisconsota, Jerzykowo, Draconian Progression, Andanavia, Orenmark, Viridiann, Southern Ryland, New Ecronentia, Gorundu, Pytong, Religioncord, Great Robertia, Dai Nippon Yamato, Kazoo Basin, Arloria, Bankowiata, Pasargad, Ofrettia, Maratabat, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, The Unified Missourtama States, Venicea, and Caffeinetopia.

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