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The PS2 Puppet of Thalasse

“Stop reading my motto!”

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

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: the South Pacific

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Thalasse

Population12.874 billion

CapitalThalasse City
LeaderLeader
FaithPeace

CurrencyFlower
AnimalRadioactive Butterfly

The PS2 Puppet of Thalasse is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, national health service, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 12.874 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, outspoken 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 3,440 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 267,209 Flowers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies, illegal hunting is rife after veganism was recently made compulsory, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, and tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests. 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 35,218th in the world and 950th in the South Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 78.76 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 4thMost Inclusive: 5thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18thNicest Citizens: 19thBest Weather: 26thMost Pacifist: 26thMost Developed: 29thLongest Average Lifespans: 38thMost Advanced Public Education: 38thMost Beautiful Environments: 46thHealthiest Citizens: 47thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 53rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 54thMost Cheerful Citizens: 67thSafest: 102ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 136thLargest Governments: 141stMost Cultured: 198thMost Subsidized Industry: 301stLowest Crime Rates: 316thMost Advanced Public Transport: 352ndMost Rebellious Youth: 540thHighest Poor Incomes: 618thMost Efficient Economies: 864thSmartest Citizens: 933rdTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,933rdMost Income Equality: 3,240thHighest Economic Output: 3,784thTop
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Largest Populations: 20,926th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 22nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 24th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 34th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 72nd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 83rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 177th in the regionLargest Populations: 235th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 469th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, illegal hunting is rife after veganism was recently made compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, the nation's universities are often mistaken for foreign embassies.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, Leader can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, thalassophobia and heliophobia are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, conspiracy theorists allege that the government is spying on them through their carbon monoxide detectors.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, professionals are ready to retire by the time they receive permission to use their credentials.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication.
  • : Following new legislation in Thalasse, hazmat suits are a common Thalassean garb.

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