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The Federal Republic of West Carlisten

“In dubio pro libertate”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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West Carlisten

Population466 million

CapitalLikkehamn

CurrencyGuinea
AnimalCarlisten goose

The Federal Republic of West Carlisten is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 466 million Carlistenians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Healthcare, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Likkehamn. The average income tax rate is 52.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Carlistenian economy, worth 39.4 trillion Guineas a year, is led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 84,583 Guineas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

The newly revamped army is so eager for action that it has trouble keeping the peace, hackers post hourly updates on international summits, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory, and statues of famous citizens are erected or demolished on a purely partisan basis. Crime is totally unknown. West Carlisten's national animal is the Carlisten goose, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

West Carlisten is ranked 39,210th in the world and 1,514th in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 71.18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 951stTop
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Most Influential: 3,662ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,297thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 9,174thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,264thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,639thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,901stMost Pacifist: 12,225thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,637thMost Inclusive: 13,958thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,088thBest Weather: 15,689th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 23rd in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 286th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 293rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 300th in the regionNicest Citizens: 314th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 318th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 403rd in the regionMost Influential: 407th in the regionMost Pacifist: 464th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 464th in the regionMost Inclusive: 473rd in the regionBest Weather: 508th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 517th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 526th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 555th in the regionMost Cultured: 578th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 603rd in the regionMost Developed: 604th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 606th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 631st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 641st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 642nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 670th in the region

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