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The Free Land of WaffleIcecream

“No stress”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Fragile
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Balder

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WaffleIcecream

Population1.069 billion

LeaderHenk

CurrencyGulden
AnimalSasquatch

The Free Land of WaffleIcecream is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Henk with an even hand, and notable for its teetotalling pirates, state-planned economy, and parental licensing program. The compassionate population of 1.069 billion WaffleIcecreamians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 67.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish WaffleIcecreamian economy, worth 31.9 trillion Guldens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 29,865 Guldens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Arms manufacturers and mild-mannered journalists have been outed as superheroes, poaching has been on the rise after animals from the nation's zoos were released into the wild, Henk can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees, and social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. WaffleIcecream's national animal is the Sasquatch, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

WaffleIcecream is ranked 103,755th in the world and 4,421st in Balder for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 220.83 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Secular: 4,708thMost Income Equality: 5,577thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10,157thMost Primitive: 14,231stMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,859th
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Most Income Equality: 102nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 141st in the regionMost Secular: 196th in the regionTop
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Most Primitive: 512th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in WaffleIcecream, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in WaffleIcecream, Henk can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees.
  • : Following new legislation in WaffleIcecream, poaching has been on the rise after animals from the nation's zoos were released into the wild.
  • : Following new legislation in WaffleIcecream, arms manufacturers and mild-mannered journalists have been outed as superheroes.
  • : Following new legislation in WaffleIcecream, constipated-looking politicians are uptight about potty mouths.
  • : WaffleIcecream changed its national leader to "Henk".
  • : Following new legislation in WaffleIcecream, bronze and marble supplies are running low as sculptors depict full-figured subjects.
  • : Following new legislation in WaffleIcecream, the government now pays the "Really Awesome Super Heroes" (RASH) to catch evildoers.
  • : Following new legislation in WaffleIcecream, Henk's recent "I have a dream that we will fight them by raking muck on the beaches" speech seems a little derivative to many.
  • : Following new legislation in WaffleIcecream, public incontinence is a growing problem amongst the nation's women.

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Endorsements Received: 3 » Alvalero, Onder Kelkia, and Fooooooooo.

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