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The Lore of Thneedtown

“Thou Shalt Go Forth And Fornicate With Thyself” Ebeziah Muji

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population13.391 billion

LeaderEbeziah Muji
FaithNine Divines


The Lore of Thneedtown is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ebeziah Muji with a fair hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 13.391 billion Thneedans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zirotler. The average income tax rate is 84.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Thneed economy, worth a remarkable 1,512 trillion Gekans a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 112,949 Gekans, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

One does not simply walk into the tundra, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets, there's no such thing as bad publicity, and where there's a will there is usually a password manager. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Thneedtown's national animal is the Totar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Nine Divines.

Thneedtown is ranked 4,477th in the world and 254th in The North Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 95.27 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most Influential: 2,845thBest Weather: 3,261stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,813thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,194thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,431stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,432ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,466thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,477thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,495thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,353rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,478thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,864thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,337thSafest: 7,519thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,067thMost Cultured: 8,165thNicest Citizens: 8,327thMost Pacifist: 8,492ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,511thHealthiest Citizens: 8,783rdMost Developed: 9,069thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,237thMost Inclusive: 11,065thHighest Economic Output: 11,498thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,662ndSmartest Citizens: 11,948thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,020thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 13,450thLargest Governments: 14,642ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,758thLargest Populations: 19,677thLowest Crime Rates: 23,294thMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,478thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,668th
Most Rebellious Youth: 169th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 194th in the regionBest Weather: 198th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 207th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 215th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 229th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 254th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 261st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 268th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 354th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 355th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 376th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 382nd in the regionMost Cultured: 416th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 426th in the regionLargest Populations: 434th in the regionSafest: 436th in the regionNicest Citizens: 470th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 482nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 493rd in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 506th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 539th in the regionMost Developed: 545th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 592nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 619th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 647th in the regionMost Inclusive: 663rd in the regionLargest Governments: 729th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 735th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 759th in the regionMost Politically Free: 901st in the regionMost Influential: 910th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Thneedtown was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Thneedtown was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Thneedtown, where there's a will there is usually a password manager.
  • : Following new legislation in Thneedtown, there's no such thing as bad publicity.
  • : Thneedtown was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Thneedtown was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry and the Top 10% for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Thneedtown was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Thneedtown was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Thneedtown's influence in The North Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Thneedtown was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Scientifically Advanced.


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