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The Free Land of West Siders

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Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Enforcer

Location: Stargate

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West Siders

Population38.532 billion

CapitalCompton
LeaderLeader

CurrencyDbone
Animalgiruffalo

The Free Land of West Siders is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, unlimited-speed roads, and devotion to social welfare. The democratic, cheerful population of 38.532 billion West Siderians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Welfare, with Education, Environment, and Social Policy also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Compton. The average income tax rate is 59.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving West Siderian economy, worth a remarkable 2,779 trillion Dbones a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 72,135 Dbones, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm, a new generation of aquariumless hotels are being built under government supervision, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, and private law firms are unheard of. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. West Siders's national animal is the giruffalo, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

West Siders is ranked 12,900th in the world and 7th in Stargate for Longest Average Lifespans, with 90.85 Years.

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Largest Populations: 2ndMost Stationary: 1,016thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,021stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,212thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,706thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,044thTop
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Most Influential: 4,387thHighest Economic Output: 4,644thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,728thNicest Citizens: 8,254thBest Weather: 10,101stTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 10,726thSmartest Citizens: 11,113thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,900thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,755thMost Politically Free: 14,968thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,455thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,875thLeast Corrupt Governments: 20,926th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionTop
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Nicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs, the Top 5% for Best Weather, and the Top 10% for Most Cultured, Most Popular Tourist Destinations, and Most Pacifist.

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