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The Colony of Weatherly

“Mission Accomplished”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population3.332 billion


The Colony of Weatherly is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.332 billion Weatherlyians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 91.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Weatherlyian economy, worth 389 trillion marks a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 116,771 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend, organ donation rates have hit a new low, ticket touts are blamed for the downfall of communism, and people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Weatherly's national animal is the falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Weatherly is ranked 173,101st in the world and 6,960th in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -5.02 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,418thMost Influential: 2,697thMost Pacifist: 2,740thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,898thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,205thNicest Citizens: 3,532ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,547thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,877thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,928thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,288thBest Weather: 4,631stMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,809thMost Inclusive: 4,944thSafest: 5,522ndMost Advanced Public Education: 5,737thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,800thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,877thHealthiest Citizens: 5,917thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,349thMost Developed: 6,669thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,675thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,105thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,709thSmartest Citizens: 9,393rdLargest Governments: 10,050thTop
Most Cultured: 11,062ndLowest Crime Rates: 12,685thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,133rdMost Subsidized Industry: 14,851stMost Secular: 16,059thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,331stMost Efficient Economies: 20,271st
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 47th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 104th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 109th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 110th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 113th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 113th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 119th in the regionNicest Citizens: 122nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 127th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 144th in the regionBest Weather: 150th in the regionMost Inclusive: 169th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 171st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 179th in the regionSafest: 182nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 188th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 188th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 197th in the regionMost Developed: 203rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 220th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 232nd in the regionLargest Governments: 267th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 281st in the regionMost Cultured: 321st in the regionMost Influential: 343rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 351st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 371st in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 426th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 463rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 529th in the regionMost Stationary: 538th in the regionMost Secular: 566th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 585th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 661st in the regionNudest: 665th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 681st in the regionLargest Populations: 721st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 742nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 794th in the region

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