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The Republic of Wannabeya

“WORK or STARVE”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Wannabeya

Population33.686 billion

CapitalWannabeya City
Leadersupreme leader

Currencyalmighty zlotnick
Animalracoon

The Republic of Wannabeya is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by supreme leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, ubiquitous missile silos, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 33.686 billion Wannabeyans 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 minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wannabeya City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Wannabeyan economy, worth an astonishing 10,521 trillion almighty zlotnicks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Furniture Restoration, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 312,346 almighty zlotnicks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

Recorded music can be rented but not bought from record companies, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets, scientific progress marches ever forward with the first ever launch of a cheeseburger into space, and political detractors refer to supreme leader as 'that Bigtopian puppet'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Wannabeya's national animal is the racoon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Wannabeya is ranked 205,947th in the world and 7,743rd in Lazarus for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -60.08 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 79thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 195thLargest Insurance Industry: 268thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 331stLargest Retail Industry: 373rdHighest Economic Output: 379thLargest Agricultural Sector: 436thRudest Citizens: 522ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 576thLargest Mining Sector: 862ndMost Stationary: 909thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,081stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,110thLargest Populations: 1,196thMost Avoided: 1,585thHighest Average Incomes: 1,717thTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,121stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,238thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,916thSmartest Citizens: 3,826thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,159thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,612thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,956thMost Developed: 5,432ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,166thSafest: 7,516thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,477thLargest Black Market: 8,699thMost Secular: 10,301stTop
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Most Influential: 11,782ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,901stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,850thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,886thHighest Drug Use: 16,968thLowest Crime Rates: 17,568thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 19,194th
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionMost Stationary: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 20th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 27th in the regionLargest Populations: 40th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 53rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 55th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 62nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 68th in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 86th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 87th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 100th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 115th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 175th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 215th in the regionMost Developed: 257th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 266th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 274th in the regionMost Influential: 284th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 286th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 312th in the regionTop
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Safest: 396th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 442nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 508th in the regionMost Secular: 565th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 653rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 749th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 771st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, political detractors refer to supreme leader as 'that Bigtopian puppet'.
  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, scientific progress marches ever forward with the first ever launch of a cheeseburger into space.
  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, recorded music can be rented but not bought from record companies.
  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts.
  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, schoolchildren must pass a six-month Ethics and Safety Committee Assessment before they are allowed to mix baking soda and vinegar.
  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords.
  • : Following new legislation in Wannabeya, the Liberal Progressive and Progressive Liberal parties swear that they have totally different ideologies.

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