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The Grand Duchy of NewWessex

“Where there is love, God is there”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Union of Sociopaths

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NewWessex

Population430 million

CapitalFort Venta

CurrencyPound
AnimalSwan

The Grand Duchy of NewWessex is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its public floggings, compulsory vegetarianism, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 430 million Westsaxons are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort Venta. The average income tax rate is 44.6%.

The sizeable but inefficient Westsaxon economy, worth 13.5 trillion Pounds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Door-to-door Insurance Sales industry, with major contributions from Furniture Restoration, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 31,389 Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Only criminals carry guns, NewWessex has designated Fort Venta as its capital city, jail house rock has been replaced with jail house golden oldies, and citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. NewWessex's national animal is the Swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

NewWessex is ranked 248,526th in the world and 4th in Union of Sociopaths for Smartest Citizens, with 5.48 quips per hour.

Top
5%
Most Conservative: 9,579thMost Pacifist: 11,550thTop
10%
Most Authoritarian: 14,895thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,628thMost Ignorant Citizens: 19,895th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : NewWessex's influence in Union of Sociopaths fell from "Superpower" to "Power".
  • : Following new legislation in NewWessex, citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in NewWessex, jail house rock has been replaced with jail house golden oldies.
  • : NewWessex's influence in Union of Sociopaths rose from "Power" to "Superpower".
  • : NewWessex changed its national capital to "Fort Venta", its demonym to "Westsaxon", and its demonym adjective to "Westsaxon".
  • : Following new legislation in NewWessex, NewWessex has designated Fort Venta as its capital city.
  • : NewWessex was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Following new legislation in NewWessex, only criminals carry guns.
  • : NewWessex voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Contact rights between Parent and Child"".
  • : Following new legislation in NewWessex, chocolate in NewWessex has its flavour enhanced by the salty tears of enslaved factory workers.

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 1 » New Engleland.

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