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The Joyous Confederation of Wat Blum

“Prevail in love”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excessive
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Osiris

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Wat Blum

Population10.036 billion

CapitalUrbis Congressus
Leaderthe Superregional Congress

Currencyblume
Animalwarbler

The Joyous Confederation of Wat Blum is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Superregional Congress with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.036 billion Waters are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Urbis Congressus. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Blumie economy, worth a remarkable 1,969 trillion blumes 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 mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 196,242 blumes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Angry citizens complain that there isn't enough geographical diversity on the new banknotes, a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously", election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes, and would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here". Crime is totally unknown. Wat Blum's national animal is the warbler, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Wat Blum is ranked 234,988th in the world and 7,550th in Osiris for Fattest Citizens, with 4.36 Obesity Rate.

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Most Inclusive: 569thMost Compassionate Citizens: 692ndNicest Citizens: 819thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 965thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,182ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,210thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,354thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,393rdMost Pacifist: 1,468thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,492ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,544thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,573rdLargest Governments: 1,989thSmartest Citizens: 2,021stMost Developed: 2,052ndMost Cultured: 2,055thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,208thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,337thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,655thBest Weather: 2,734thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,109thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,586thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,612thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,693rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,702ndMost Rebellious Youth: 3,833rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,371stLowest Crime Rates: 5,412thMost Efficient Economies: 5,795thHighest Average Incomes: 7,139thSafest: 7,727thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,039thHighest Economic Output: 8,511thMost Secular: 8,878thNudest: 10,089thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,658thTop
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Most Income Equality: 16,325thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,687th
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Most Inclusive: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 12th in the regionNicest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 36th in the regionMost Pacifist: 37th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 39th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 40th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 43rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 44th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 49th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 53rd in the regionMost Developed: 60th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 68th in the regionLargest Governments: 70th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 84th in the regionMost Cultured: 87th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 97th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 99th in the regionBest Weather: 100th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 101st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 134th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 143rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 157th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 182nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 188th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 251st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 265th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 273rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 283rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 323rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 348th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 365th in the regionNudest: 381st in the regionTop
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Safest: 401st in the regionMost Secular: 406th in the regionMost Income Equality: 448th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 613th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 623rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously".
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, angry citizens complain that there isn't enough geographical diversity on the new banknotes.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, murderers with law degrees can be seen swinging the gavel in courts.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, evenings at university debating societies often end with everyone acknowledging both sides may well be right.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, evasive politicians don't fail to strongly commit to not committing to a course of non-inaction.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, third world countries are rich in "I Love Urbis Congressus" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, the nation locks people up and tells them they're mad for compassion's sake.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, the nation's democracy attracts huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

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