by Max Barry

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The Republic of Swiftwhiskers

“Libertas et Fortitudo”

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

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific



Population2.44 billion

CapitalBlue Point
LeaderR Lowell


The Republic of Swiftwhiskers is a massive, safe nation, ruled by R Lowell with an even hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed population of 2.44 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 medium-sized 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 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Whiskerish economy, worth 334 trillion spotties a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 137,173 spotties, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year, bicyclists are banned from major roads, extreme hiring regulations mean a job in Swiftwhiskers is often a lifetime appointment, and colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Leopard'. 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 19,994th in the world and 748th in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,890.82 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,739thMost Influential: 3,368thSafest: 5,824thHealthiest Citizens: 6,130thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,214thMost Developed: 7,628thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,754thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,100thTop
Smartest Citizens: 8,994thLowest Crime Rates: 9,055thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,098thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,752ndMost Cultured: 11,071stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,789thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,583rdMost Advanced Public Education: 13,178thMost Inclusive: 13,684thMost Efficient Economies: 14,654thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,792ndLargest Governments: 14,956thHighest Average Incomes: 15,531stRudest Citizens: 15,712thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,251stBest Weather: 16,451st
Safest: 166th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 176th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 207th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 209th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 209th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 216th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 231st in the regionMost Developed: 232nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 254th in the regionMost Influential: 270th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 272nd in the regionMost Cultured: 283rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 312th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 325th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 331st in the regionRudest Citizens: 339th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 357th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 360th in the regionLargest Governments: 372nd in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 384th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 387th in the regionMost Inclusive: 397th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 411th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 484th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 487th in the regionBest Weather: 495th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 515th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 527th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 546th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 578th in the regionMost Stationary: 591st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 728th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 748th in the region

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