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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: Diplomat

Location: Republic of Conservative Nations


New Waldensia

Population7.315 billion

LeaderPeter Waldo
FaithCredobaptist Christianity


The Ancient Baptist Republic of New Waldensia is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Peter Waldo with a fair hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, triple-decker prams, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 7.315 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 prioritizes Education, although Defense, Healthcare, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Valdenton. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.2%.

The frighteningly efficient New Waldensian economy, worth a remarkable 1,133 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 154,937 Lollards, with the richest citizens earning 7.0 times as much as the poorest.

Most people learn to drive on crash courses, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés, gay hospital patients are labelled with a pink triangle to alert staff of their substandard blood, and there's often a little nagging voice suggesting that parents aren't keeping their kids safe. 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 25,136th in the world and 21st in Republic of Conservative Nations for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 5,833.82 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 967thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 3,272ndLargest Retail Industry: 4,355thMost Devout: 4,569thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,835thMost Influential: 7,570thMost Cultured: 8,563rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,012thMost Armed: 9,053rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,198thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,713thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,125thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,066thHighest Average Incomes: 12,396thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,498thHighest Economic Output: 14,651stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,001stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,976thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,341stSmartest Citizens: 17,361stMost Developed: 17,750thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,197thMost Efficient Economies: 20,757th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the region

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