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The Federation of Wanabe

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific

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Wanabe

Population5.235 billion

LeaderPapewaio

Currencytalego
Animalfox

The Federation of Wanabe is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Papewaio with an even hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, vat-grown people, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 5.235 billion Wanabeans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. The average income tax rate is 11.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Wanabean economy, worth 968 trillion talegoes a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 184,974 talegoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents, party affiliation is just as irrelevant as campaign promises, primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit, and supermarkets must refund spoilt milk even six months after the sale. Crime is totally unknown. Wanabe's national animal is the fox, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Wanabe is ranked 10,800th in the world and 328th in The East Pacific for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 6,624.86 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 153rdMost Secular: 712thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,187thBest Weather: 1,235thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,253rdTop
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Most Inclusive: 1,643rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,768thSmartest Citizens: 1,811thHealthiest Citizens: 1,855thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,108thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,158thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,293rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,458thMost Influential: 2,681stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,945thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,058thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,061stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,186thRudest Citizens: 3,489thSafest: 3,669thMost Cultured: 4,095thMost Developed: 5,797thHighest Average Incomes: 7,148thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 10,134thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,800thNudest: 14,789thHighest Economic Output: 14,904th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 21st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 27th in the regionBest Weather: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 36th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 37th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 44th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 46th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 48th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 51st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 55th in the regionMost Inclusive: 55th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 60th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 73rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 76th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 76th in the regionRudest Citizens: 86th in the regionMost Cultured: 97th in the regionSafest: 99th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 148th in the regionMost Developed: 157th in the regionMost Influential: 196th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 206th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 210th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 216th in the regionMost Stationary: 245th in the regionNudest: 263rd in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 328th in the regionLargest Populations: 336th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 527th in the regionLargest Black Market: 564th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Wanabe, supermarkets must refund spoilt milk even six months after the sale.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanabe, primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanabe, party affiliation is just as irrelevant as campaign promises.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanabe, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents.
  • : Wanabe endorsed The Free Land of Hedonistica.
  • : Wanabe was endorsed by The Free Land of Hedonistica.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanabe, companies struggle to cover for the hordes of employees on parental leave.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanabe, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanabe, strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanabe, citizens who plan overseas vacations are barred from running for political office.

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