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The Republic of New Waltonburg

“Virtute Amicitia”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Force

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New Waltonburg

Population1.166 billion

CapitalGammelburgen

CurrencyWaltonburg Mark
AnimalOtter

The Republic of New Waltonburg is a massive, genial nation, notable for its punitive income tax rates, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.166 billion Waltonburgers are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gammelburgen. The average income tax rate is 76.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The New Waltonburgian economy, worth 60.1 trillion Waltonburg Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Cheese Exports. Average income is 51,581 Waltonburg Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Protests are legal but strictly supervised, it is against the rules of boxing to hit above or below the belt, it is a crime to offend someone's religious beliefs, and the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Waltonburg's national animal is the Otter, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

New Waltonburg is ranked 221,085th in the world and 132nd in Force for Rudest Citizens, with 17.22 Insults Per Minute.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,582ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,712thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,086thMost Influential: 11,612thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,827thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,339thMost Income Equality: 17,469thSafest: 17,517thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,092ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,156thMost Compassionate Citizens: 19,769thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,860thMost Pacifist: 20,576thMost Inclusive: 20,891stNicest Citizens: 21,902nd
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Income Equality: 12th in the regionSafest: 13th in the region

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