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The Free Land of West Siders

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Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Stargate


West Siders

Population36.835 billion



The Free Land of West Siders is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and devotion to social welfare. The democratic, cheerful population of 36.835 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 aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Compton. The average income tax rate is 59.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving West Siderian economy, worth a remarkable 2,668 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 72,453 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 2,069th in the world and 3rd in Stargate for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 9,110.95 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Largest Populations: 2ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,008thMost Stationary: 1,085thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,097thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 1,639thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,069thMost Influential: 3,855thHighest Economic Output: 4,061stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,556thNicest Citizens: 7,474thTop
Most Politically Free: 8,379thBest Weather: 9,799thHealthiest Citizens: 10,102ndSmartest Citizens: 10,317thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,209th
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the region

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