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The Queen's State of Westham Island

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Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Qatar


Westham Island

Population21.865 billion


The Queen's State of Westham Island is a gargantuan, safe nation, renowned for its absence of drug laws. The democratic population of 21.865 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 43.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Westham Islandian economy, worth 525 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 frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 24,026 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 105,355th in the world and 5th in Qatar for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 742.62 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Largest Populations: 4,307thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5,584thMost Politically Free: 6,498thTop
Highest Drug Use: 9,685thLargest Black Market: 11,413thNudest: 16,372nd

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