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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:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: the South Pacific

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Thalasse

Population13.731 billion

CapitalThalasse City
LeaderLeader
FaithPeace

CurrencyFlower
AnimalRadioactive Butterfly

The PS2 Puppet of Thalasse is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, rampant corporate plagiarism, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 13.731 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 3,799 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 276,679 Flowers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Coastal cities are being moved a dozen miles inland to reduce flooding risk, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita, the people are famous throughout the region for their perfect yellow teeth, and the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent. Crime is totally unknown. Thalasse's national animal is the Radioactive Butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Peace.

Thalasse is ranked 3rd in the world and 1st in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 38,509.57 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 3rdMost Inclusive: 5thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17thNicest Citizens: 18thHighest Food Quality: 18thMost Pacifist: 23rdBest Weather: 23rdMost Developed: 26thLongest Average Lifespans: 33rdMost Advanced Public Education: 36thHealthiest Citizens: 39thMost Beautiful Environments: 41stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 47thMost Cheerful Citizens: 68thSafest: 80thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 94thHighest Average Tax Rates: 117thLargest Governments: 122ndMost Cultured: 178thLowest Crime Rates: 255thMost Advanced Public Transport: 336thMost Subsidized Industry: 344thMost Rebellious Youth: 546thHighest Poor Incomes: 717thMost Efficient Economies: 799thSmartest Citizens: 899thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,677thHighest Economic Output: 3,431stMost Income Equality: 9,253rdTop
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Most Patriotic: 17,244thLargest Populations: 20,400th
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 28th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 36th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 73rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionLargest Populations: 229th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 363rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 369th in the regionMost Patriotic: 437th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 646th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, the people are famous throughout the region for their perfect yellow teeth.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, coastal cities are being moved a dozen miles inland to reduce flooding risk.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, government-sanctioned factory-smashing has the Luddites of Thalasse rejoicing.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, mountains of VHS tapes of police actions are stacking up in the National Library.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities.
  • : Thalasse was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, euthanasia is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones.

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