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The Queen's State of Westham Island

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Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Ambassador

Location: Qatar

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Westham Island

Population23.403 billion

Currencybetale
Animaldeer

The Queen's State of Westham Island is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws. The democratic population of 23.403 billion Westham Islanders hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Healthcare, and Education. The average income tax rate is 44.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Westham Islandian economy, worth 551 trillion betales a year, is led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Pizza Delivery, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 23,549 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military funding has been stripped back, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, Westham Island's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, and the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit. Crime is well under control, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Westham Island's national animal is the deer.

Westham Island is ranked 24,349th in the world and 3rd in Qatar for Most Extreme, scoring 34.45 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Top
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Largest Populations: 4,211thTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 10,592ndMost Politically Free: 11,499thHighest Drug Use: 15,433rdLargest Black Market: 19,265th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Westham Island's influence in Qatar rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : Westham Island was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Free and the Top 10% for Nudest.
  • : Westham Island's influence in Qatar rose from "Envoy" to "Diplomat".
  • : Westham Island was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Westham Island's influence in Qatar fell from "Diplomat" to "Envoy".
  • : Westham Island's influence in Qatar rose from "Envoy" to "Diplomat".
  • : Westham Island was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Westham Island was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Westham Island was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Westham Island was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.

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