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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: Nipper

Location: Balder


Wat Blum

Population8.569 billion


The Joyous Federation of Wat Blum is a colossal, cultured nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, public floggings, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 8.569 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. The average income tax rate is 98.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Blumie economy, worth a remarkable 1,604 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 187,280 blumes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Economic planning is exalted as a human art form, Wat Blum is increasingly belligerent on the international stage, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous, and the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose. 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 1,612th in the world and 66th in Balder for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 9,880.84 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Inclusive: 689thMost Compassionate Citizens: 871stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,009thNicest Citizens: 1,036thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,369thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,597thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,612thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,748thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,809thHighest Drug Use: 1,947thMost Pacifist: 1,979thMost Developed: 2,060thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,121stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,157thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,269thLargest Governments: 2,281stSmartest Citizens: 2,349thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,362ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,534thMost Cultured: 2,641stMost Influential: 2,733rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,147thBest Weather: 3,232ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,358thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,049thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,070thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,449thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,693rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,573rdMost Efficient Economies: 6,274thHealthiest Citizens: 6,816thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,428thHighest Average Incomes: 7,481stHighest Economic Output: 9,828thMost Secular: 9,849thTop
Most Income Equality: 11,997thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,477thSafest: 18,805th
Most Influential: 14th in the regionMost Inclusive: 15th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 20th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 22nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 41st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 45th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 49th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 52nd in the regionMost Developed: 65th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 66th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 69th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 70th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 71st in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 78th in the regionLargest Governments: 86th in the regionMost Pacifist: 87th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 88th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 101st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 101st in the regionMost Cultured: 104th in the regionBest Weather: 119th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 126th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 136th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 167th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 170th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 200th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 212th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 225th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 282nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 287th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 292nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 349th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 357th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 362nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 428th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 434th in the regionMost Extreme: 669th in the regionNudest: 721st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Wat Blum's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Wat Blum altered its national flag.
  • : Wat Blum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Wat Blum's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Wat Blum's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Wat Blum's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Wat Blum was refounded in Balder.
  • : Wat Blum ceased to exist in The South Pacific.
  • : Wat Blum was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Wat Blum was endorsed by Psychological care.


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