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The PS2 Puppet of Thalasse

“Stop reading my motto!”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the South Pacific

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Thalasse

Population11.618 billion

CapitalThalasse City

CurrencyFlower
AnimalRadioactive Butterfly

The PS2 Puppet of Thalasse is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its national health service, hatred of cheese, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.618 billion Thalasseans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thalasse City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Thalassean economy, worth a remarkable 2,957 trillion Flowers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 254,557 Flowers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction, debates on whether toilet seats should be left up or down are increasingly commonplace, arbitration is mightier than the sword, and the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster. Crime is totally unknown. Thalasse's national animal is the Radioactive Butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Thalasse is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 35,018.96 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 4thMost Inclusive: 8thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21stMost Compassionate Citizens: 23rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 24thNicest Citizens: 28thMost Pacifist: 31stBest Weather: 31stMost Developed: 41stMost Advanced Public Education: 49thLongest Average Lifespans: 50thHealthiest Citizens: 59thMost Beautiful Environments: 62ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 68thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 69thMost Cheerful Citizens: 75thSafest: 141stHighest Average Tax Rates: 156thLargest Governments: 161stMost Cultured: 271stMost Subsidized Industry: 294thMost Advanced Public Transport: 332ndLowest Crime Rates: 446thMost Rebellious Youth: 590thHighest Poor Incomes: 700thSmartest Citizens: 1,040thMost Efficient Economies: 1,049thTop
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Most Income Equality: 2,735thHighest Average Incomes: 3,207thHighest Economic Output: 4,320thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 20,462nd
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Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 26th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 33rd in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 81st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 90th in the regionMost Income Equality: 158th in the regionLargest Populations: 237th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 643rd in the regionNudest: 677th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 679th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 745th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, arbitration is mightier than the sword.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, debates on whether toilet seats should be left up or down are increasingly commonplace.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, citizens are exhausted from weekly general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, recent protests against birds flying too low have resulted in bloodshed.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, murderers and thieves claim divine inspiration to avoid prosecution.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, telling someone to 'break a leg' is considered a criminal inducement to self harm.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, listless juries are assembled for the simplest of court cases.

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