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The Very Big Island of Wanga

“Government is Good”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Wanga

Population2.46 billion

CapitalTwanga
LeaderJack Straightcow

CurrencyBjdbido
AnimalEchidna

The Very Big Island of Wanga is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Jack Straightcow with a fair hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, smutty television, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 2.46 billion Wangans 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 medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Twanga. The average income tax rate is 53.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Wangan economy, worth 376 trillion Bjdbidoes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 153,079 Bjdbidoes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Teachers are skilled at leaving no evidence of child cruelty, getting an autograph has become harder than ever, sleeping on the job is recommended, and Wangan novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about Jack Straightcow. Crime is totally unknown. Wanga's national animal is the Echidna, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Wanga is ranked 67,455th in the world and 2,692nd in Lazarus for Most Income Equality, scoring 37.69 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Top
1%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,330thTop
5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,825thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,383rdLargest Retail Industry: 6,569thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,615thMost Cultured: 7,902ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,122ndTop
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Most Pacifist: 8,823rdMost Inclusive: 8,896thMost Developed: 9,026thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,287thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,245thNicest Citizens: 11,158thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,208thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,340thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,537thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,741stHighest Average Incomes: 11,896thBest Weather: 12,025thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12,285thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,936thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,086thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,300thSmartest Citizens: 13,626thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,731stHighest Disposable Incomes: 13,886thHealthiest Citizens: 14,350thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,741stMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,046thRudest Citizens: 16,316th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 69th in the regionTop
5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 158th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 301st in the regionTop
10%
Largest Retail Industry: 384th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 420th in the regionMost Cultured: 441st in the regionMost Inclusive: 470th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 471st in the regionMost Influential: 482nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 489th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 492nd in the regionMost Developed: 492nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 510th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 571st in the regionNicest Citizens: 619th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 641st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 661st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 662nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 664th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 677th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Wanga was endorsed by The Most Serene Republic of Alopecia Totalis.
  • : Wanga's influence in Lazarus rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Wanga was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Rudest Citizens and Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanga, Wangan novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about Jack Straightcow.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanga, sleeping on the job is recommended.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanga, getting an autograph has become harder than ever.
  • : Wanga was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanga, teachers are skilled at leaving no evidence of child cruelty.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanga, government buildings are being cleansed of anything that might have racist connotations.
  • : Following new legislation in Wanga, courses in how to boil water are popular for formerly microwave-reliant Wangans.

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