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The Ancient Baptist Republic of New Waldensia

“Lux lucet in tenebris”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Contender

Location: Federation of Conservative Nations


New Waldensia

Population6.291 billion

LeaderPeter Waldo
FaithCredobaptist Christianity


The Ancient Baptist Republic of New Waldensia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Peter Waldo with a fair hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, frequent executions, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 6.291 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 Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Valdenton. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.6%.

The frighteningly efficient New Waldensian economy, worth 966 trillion Lollards a year, is broadly 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 153,696 Lollards, with the richest citizens earning 7.0 times as much as the poorest.

Religious leaders order congregants to love any neighbour who is just like themselves, footballers are doing aerobics in the sauna to build their hot weather endurance, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark, and citizens are expected to be proficient in at least five languages. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. 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 73,415th in the world and 88th in Federation of Conservative Nations for Largest Black Market, with 396 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 562ndTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,976thMost Influential: 2,916thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,315thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,690thLargest Retail Industry: 3,854thMost Devout: 4,532ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6,711thMost Armed: 8,144thTop
Most Cultured: 8,850thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,886thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,123rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,761stHighest Average Incomes: 12,143rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,123rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,152ndRudest Citizens: 14,102ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,532ndHighest Economic Output: 16,151stLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,879th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Most Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 11th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 18th in the regionMost Cultured: 19th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 23rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 24th in the regionMost Armed: 25th in the region

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