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The Federal Military Republic of South Waterford

“Helping Build a Better Tomorrow” General Harman Teasedale

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Dealmaker

Location: Union of Allied States


South Waterford

Population8.65 billion

LeaderGeneral Harman Teasedale
FaithChurch of the Holy Light

CurrencyVyrkar Dollar
AnimalChinese Pug

The Federal Military Republic of South Waterford is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by General Harman Teasedale with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 8.65 billion Waterfordians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while International Aid and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Potsdam. The average income tax rate is 56.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming South Waterfordian economy, worth a remarkable 1,227 trillion Vyrkar Dollars a year, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 141,877 Vyrkar Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks", a milk bath costs more than bathing in money, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls, and glancing at the car radio display while driving is treated as attempted homicide. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. South Waterford's national animal is the Chinese Pug, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Church of the Holy Light.

South Waterford is ranked 196,203rd in the world and 53rd in Union of Allied States for Most Secular, with 14.27 Atheism Rate.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,661stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,933rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,768thMost Influential: 3,918thFattest Citizens: 5,312thLargest Retail Industry: 6,495thLargest Black Market: 6,890thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,888thMost Cultured: 8,351stMost Armed: 9,145thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,499thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 12,264thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,598thHighest Economic Output: 14,926thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,159thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,409thMost Stationary: 15,725thMost Inclusive: 15,859thHighest Average Incomes: 16,206thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,276thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,594thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,439thLargest Governments: 22,112thSmartest Citizens: 23,156thHighest Disposable Incomes: 23,295th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the region

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