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The Republic of Swiftwhiskers

“Libertas et Fortitudo”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific

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Swiftwhiskers

Population4.166 billion

CapitalBlue Point
LeaderMark R Lowell
FaithWhiskerism

Currencyspottie
Animalleopard

The Republic of Swiftwhiskers is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Mark R Lowell with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed population of 4.166 billion Whiskers have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Blue Point. The average income tax rate is 77.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Whiskerish economy, worth 576 trillion spotties a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 138,476 spotties, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Picnickers are lucky if a few wasps are the only animals that trouble them, the freedom to be free is always just out of reach, lawyers spend as much time preparing their make-up as they do their briefs, and news headlines usually include p-values. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Swiftwhiskers's national animal is the leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Whiskerism.

Swiftwhiskers is ranked 63,000th in the world and 2,567th in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,585.5 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,010thTop
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Most Influential: 3,434thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,570thSafest: 5,253rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,705thMost Developed: 6,819thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,167thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,346thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,481stLowest Crime Rates: 8,030thSmartest Citizens: 8,367thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,379thMost Cultured: 10,223rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,263rdTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 10,556thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,784thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,989thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,691stLargest Governments: 13,435thBest Weather: 13,599thMost Efficient Economies: 13,973rdMost Inclusive: 14,500thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,095thHighest Average Incomes: 16,279thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,960thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,710thRudest Citizens: 20,073rd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 71st in the regionTop
5%
Safest: 149th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 173rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 195th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 195th in the regionMost Developed: 196th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 212th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 225th in the regionMost Influential: 228th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 229th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 232nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 240th in the regionMost Cultured: 264th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 292nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 297th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 320th in the regionRudest Citizens: 342nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 351st in the regionLargest Governments: 356th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 357th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 369th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 415th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 430th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 432nd in the regionMost Stationary: 439th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 456th in the regionMost Inclusive: 460th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 485th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 514th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 592nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 602nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 606th in the regionMost Average: 615th in the regionLargest Populations: 714th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 724th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Swiftwhiskers was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Swiftwhiskers, news headlines usually include p-values.
  • : Following new legislation in Swiftwhiskers, lawyers spend as much time preparing their make-up as they do their briefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Swiftwhiskers, the freedom to be free is always just out of reach.
  • : Following new legislation in Swiftwhiskers, picnickers are lucky if a few wasps are the only animals that trouble them.
  • : Following new legislation in Swiftwhiskers, 'Abstinence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder' is a common school motto.
  • : Swiftwhiskers endorsed The Fanciful Tales of Refuge Isle.
  • : Swiftwhiskers was endorsed by The Fanciful Tales of Refuge Isle.
  • : Swiftwhiskers was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Swiftwhiskers, whipping posts and lashes have been transferred to the Historical Museum of Whiskerish Embarrassments.

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