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The Free Land of Western New Yakern

“Get Good”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: 10000 Islands

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Western New Yakern

Population1.368 billion

CapitalTokyo-3
LeaderShenji Akari

CurrencyCoin
AnimalPlatypus

The Free Land of Western New Yakern is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Shenji Akari with an even hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 1.368 billion Western New Yakernians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tokyo-3. The average income tax rate is 70.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Western New Yakernian economy, worth 126 trillion Coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 92,527 Coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, and souvenir shops that sell alphorns are taking advantage of gullible tourists. Crime is totally unknown. Western New Yakern's national animal is the Platypus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Western New Yakern is ranked 22,990th in the world and 402nd in 10000 Islands for Smartest Citizens, with 57.47 quips per hour.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,923rdMost Influential: 5,693rdMost Pacifist: 7,112thNicest Citizens: 9,250thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,257thMost Inclusive: 9,611thBest Weather: 10,106thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,813thMost Income Equality: 11,616thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,212thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,234thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 13,884thHighest Food Quality: 14,242ndSafest: 14,268thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,865thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,937thMost Secular: 17,173rdLongest Average Lifespans: 18,340thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,616thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,888thHealthiest Citizens: 19,501stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,919thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,515thSmartest Citizens: 22,990thLargest Publishing Industry: 25,910thMost Cultured: 26,290th
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Most Income Equality: 33rd in the region

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