by Max Barry

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The Republic of Weldann

“Wise and fair”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific



Population320 million


The Republic of Weldann is a huge, socially progressive nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 320 million Weldanners are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 48.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Weldannian economy, worth 15.8 trillion argents a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 49,349 argents, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans, government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities, and graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Weldann's national animal is the owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Weldann is ranked 54,500th in the world and 1,858th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 93.32 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,412thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,478thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,537thMost Pacifist: 11,143rdMost Influential: 11,292ndSafest: 12,074thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,236thNicest Citizens: 14,317thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,848th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 264th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 349th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 384th in the regionMost Pacifist: 414th in the regionSafest: 441st in the regionNicest Citizens: 491st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 503rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 588th in the regionMost Cultured: 681st in the region

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