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The Republic of Waldenes


Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific



Population1.087 billion

CapitalHigh Walden

AnimalMountain Lion

The Republic of Waldenes is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its daily referendums, complete lack of prisons, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 1.087 billion Waldenesians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Defense receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of High Walden. The average income tax rate is 75.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Waldenesian economy, worth 106 trillion Cruts a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. Average income is 97,651 Cruts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The leading national news source is 'my cousin Billy-Bob on MyFace', school lockers are filled with fancy underwear, bins outnumber trees in city parks, and mandatory updates on software drivers often bring life to a halt. Crime is totally unknown. Waldenes's national animal is the Mountain Lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Waldenes is ranked 11,288th in the world and 331st in The East Pacific for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,618.15 Tourists Per Hour.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 411thTop
Most Pacifist: 3,568thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,668thNicest Citizens: 4,370thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,515thMost Influential: 4,717thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,775thMost Inclusive: 4,826thSafest: 6,404thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,856thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,167thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,255thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,963rdBest Weather: 8,971stLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,803rdMost Beautiful Environments: 10,657thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,917thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,167thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,288thMost Developed: 12,115thMost Cultured: 12,575thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,639thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,792ndMost Politically Free: 15,255thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,081stSmartest Citizens: 18,207thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,772ndMost Efficient Economies: 20,133rdHighest Poor Incomes: 20,135thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,151stHealthiest Citizens: 20,555thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,826thLargest Governments: 21,680thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,939th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 125th in the regionMost Pacifist: 130th in the regionNicest Citizens: 145th in the regionMost Politically Free: 146th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 156th in the regionMost Inclusive: 164th in the regionSafest: 199th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 203rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 233rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 234th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 241st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 268th in the regionBest Weather: 283rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 293rd in the regionMost Influential: 310th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 319th in the regionMost Cultured: 327th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 328th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 331st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 335th in the regionMost Developed: 357th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 363rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 367th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 489th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 507th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 552nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 586th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 590th in the regionLargest Governments: 609th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 611th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 620th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 620th in the regionRudest Citizens: 628th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 646th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 762nd in the regionMost Devout: 771st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Waldenes was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Waldenes was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Waldenes was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments and the Top 10% for Largest Governments.
  • : Waldenes was endorsed by The Federation of Republic of Berzerkistan.
  • : Waldenes was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Waldenes was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Waldenes was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Waldenes, mandatory updates on software drivers often bring life to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Waldenes, bins outnumber trees in city parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Waldenes, school lockers are filled with fancy underwear.


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