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The Empire of Wilhelmsborough

“Take not thy Thunder from us but take away our Pride.”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population11.744 billion

LeaderEmperor William Kennedy


The Empire of Wilhelmsborough is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor William Kennedy with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and national health service. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 11.744 billion Wilhelmsboroughians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yalta. The average income tax rate is 81.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Wilhelmsboroughian economy, worth a remarkable 1,594 trillion Euros a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 135,757 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Wilhelmsboroughian satellites can detect it, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines', motivational posters send motorists positive vibes in high-risk areas, and the national security service are a bunch of crooks. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Wilhelmsborough's national animal is the Spider, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Wilhelmsborough is ranked 106,648th in the world and 4,099th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 92.45 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,878thMost Influential: 3,373rdLargest Publishing Industry: 4,888thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,768thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,303rdMost Developed: 7,663rdTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,873rdHighest Economic Output: 8,164thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,475thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,730thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,743rdMost Efficient Economies: 9,055thSafest: 9,719thNicest Citizens: 10,047thMost Inclusive: 10,121stSmartest Citizens: 10,235thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,425thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,550thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,818thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,082ndMost Advanced Public Education: 11,167thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,282ndMost Beautiful Environments: 11,304thMost Cultured: 11,569thLargest Governments: 11,839thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,864thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,142ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,193rdHealthiest Citizens: 12,882ndBest Weather: 13,203rd
Most Influential: 100th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 101st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 229th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 340th in the regionMost Stationary: 396th in the regionMost Developed: 400th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 402nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 446th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 465th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 500th in the regionLargest Populations: 525th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 527th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 527th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 534th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 541st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 551st in the regionMost Inclusive: 568th in the region

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