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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

Population39.004 billion

CapitalCompton
LeaderLeader

CurrencyDbone
Animalgiruffalo

The Free Land of West Siders is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The democratic, cheerful population of 39.004 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, although Education, Environment, and Social Policy are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. 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 2,813 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 22,178th in the world and 10th in Stargate for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,335.73 Tourists Per Hour.

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Largest Populations: 2ndMost Stationary: 1,006thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,012thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,234thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,715thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,075thTop
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Most Influential: 4,696thHighest Economic Output: 4,739thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,674thNicest Citizens: 8,437thHealthiest Citizens: 10,957thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 11,036thBest Weather: 11,257thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,421stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,681stMost Politically Free: 18,142ndMost Beautiful Environments: 18,846thLeast Corrupt Governments: 20,742ndMost Pacifist: 20,998th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd 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 Healthiest Citizens.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : West Siders was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : 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.

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