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The Joyous Federation of Wat Blum

“Hearts and minds will not be dictated; Prevail in love”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific


Wat Blum

Population6.853 billion


The Joyous Federation of Wat Blum is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its ban on automobiles, daily referendums, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.853 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Blumie economy, worth a remarkable 1,282 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 187,119 blumes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk, the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy', nerds everywhere are rejoicing as they are reunited with their computers, and third world countries are rich in "I Love Wat Blum City" t-shirts. 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 2,893rd in the world and 76th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 191 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Inclusive: 679thMost Compassionate Citizens: 848thNicest Citizens: 1,031stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,251stMost Developed: 1,403rdMost Advanced Public Education: 1,682ndTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 1,801stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,855thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,978thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,989thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,035thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,056thMost Pacifist: 2,185thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,229thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,317thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,411thLargest Governments: 2,452ndSmartest Citizens: 2,456thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,478thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,540thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,866thMost Cultured: 2,893rdMost Influential: 3,367thBest Weather: 3,698thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,773rdMost Rebellious Youth: 4,726thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,917thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,658thLowest Crime Rates: 6,035thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,094thMost Efficient Economies: 6,320thHealthiest Citizens: 6,594thHighest Average Incomes: 6,991stMost Secular: 8,200thTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 8,804thHighest Economic Output: 11,081stHighest Drug Use: 15,662ndNudest: 16,193rdMost Income Equality: 16,952nd
Most Inclusive: 24th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 27th in the regionNicest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 39th in the regionMost Developed: 44th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 45th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 45th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 46th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 53rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 55th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 58th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 60th in the regionLargest Governments: 61st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 64th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 73rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 74th in the regionMost Pacifist: 74th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 76th in the regionMost Cultured: 76th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 81st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 84th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 104th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 110th in the regionBest Weather: 112th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 131st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 142nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 162nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 168th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 169th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 188th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 201st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 258th in the regionMost Secular: 290th in the regionLargest Populations: 347th in the regionTop
Nudest: 373rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 373rd in the regionMost Influential: 384th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 503rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Wat Blum was endorsed by The Federal Republic of West Carlisten.
  • : Wat Blum was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Wat Blum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, third world countries are rich in "I Love Wat Blum City" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, nerds everywhere are rejoicing as they are reunited with their computers.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy'.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, arriving late for dinner is considered the height of selfishness.
  • : Wat Blum was endorsed by The Zombiefied Republic of Qawe.
  • : Wat Blum was endorsed by The People's Republic of Malonereich.


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