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The Grand Duchy of Tedward Black

“Ted is wrong”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Vegan Land


Tedward Black

Population2.685 billion

LeaderTedward Brown
FaithThe Sacred Ted


The Grand Duchy of Tedward Black is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Tedward Brown with an even hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The quiet, industrious population of 2.685 billion Tedward Blackians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tedwardville. The average income tax rate is 17.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Tedward Blackian economy, worth 83.9 trillion Ted-Bucks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 31,258 Ted-Bucks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

TV shows must meet strict ethnicity quotas, the tenet of free speech is held dear, The Sacred Ted has been named as Tedward Black's national religion, and Tedward Brown has been self-declared as the Most Supreme Magnificent Overlord of Everything You Ever Saw. Crime is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tedward Black's national animal is the Tedward, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Sacred Ted.

Tedward Black is ranked 143,532nd in the world and 1st in Vegan Land for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 17.25 Effective Tax Rate.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,462nd

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