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The Ancient Baptist Republic of New Waldensia

“Lux lucet in tenebris”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Enforcer

Location: Republic of Conservative Nations

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New Waldensia

Population8.948 billion

CapitalValdenton
LeaderPeter Waldo
FaithCredobaptist Christianity

CurrencyLollard
AnimalFox

The Ancient Baptist Republic of New Waldensia is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Peter Waldo with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, ubiquitous missile silos, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 8.948 billion New Waldensians 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Valdenton. The average income tax rate is 22.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient New Waldensian economy, worth a remarkable 1,258 trillion Lollards a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 140,627 Lollards, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Statistics show that terrorists often come from broken families, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers, the inside lane of every highway is for parked vehicles only, and the constant playing of Merry Birthday on New Waldensian radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Waldensia's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Credobaptist Christianity.

New Waldensia is ranked 17,411th in the world and 15th in Republic of Conservative Nations for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1,165.85 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,255thTop
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Most Devout: 5,071stLargest Retail Industry: 5,216thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,223rdMost Influential: 7,054thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,931stMost Cultured: 8,816thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,307thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,551stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,050thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,852ndMost Armed: 12,067thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 14,416thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,379thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,160thHighest Average Incomes: 16,521stMost Developed: 16,640thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,778thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,411thSmartest Citizens: 18,291stMost Efficient Economies: 21,315thSafest: 22,094thLowest Crime Rates: 23,490th
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Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Average: 8th in the region

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