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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



Population13.959 billion

LeaderEmperor William Kennedy


The Empire of Wilhelmsborough is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Emperor William Kennedy with a fair hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, national health service, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 13.959 billion Wilhelmsboroughians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yalta. The average income tax rate is 85.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Wilhelmsboroughian economy, worth a remarkable 1,863 trillion Euros a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 133,462 Euros, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Emperor William Kennedy lights cigars with a hundred-Euro bill, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, tourists call Wilhelmsboroughian beach towns "the fine coastline", and a bureaucratic fight over WIA cafeteria food expenditures has caused the temporary suspension of all agency counterintelligence operations. 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 178,894th in the world and 6,200th in Lazarus for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -6.48 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,258thMost Influential: 3,469thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,195thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,869thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,803rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,561stLargest Welfare Programs: 7,935thHighest Economic Output: 8,295thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,353rdMost Developed: 8,507thSafest: 8,734thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,010thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,624thSmartest Citizens: 9,725thMost Efficient Economies: 9,848thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,083rdMost Advanced Public Education: 10,273rdBest Weather: 10,690thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,996thMost Cultured: 11,042ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,057thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,106thMost Inclusive: 11,146thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 11,372ndLargest Governments: 11,466thNicest Citizens: 11,486thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,971stMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,068thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,267thHealthiest Citizens: 13,982ndLargest Populations: 16,457thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,464thLowest Crime Rates: 17,229thHighest Average Incomes: 17,890thMost Stationary: 18,058th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 90th in the regionMost Influential: 96th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 252nd in the regionMost Stationary: 294th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 312th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 363rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 394th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 404th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 426th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 430th in the regionMost Developed: 448th in the regionSafest: 463rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 468th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 495th in the regionLargest Populations: 508th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 511th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 516th in the regionBest Weather: 547th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 553rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 566th in the regionMost Inclusive: 569th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 570th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 573rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 576th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 588th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 601st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 623rd in the regionMost Cultured: 626th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 649th in the regionLargest Governments: 650th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 679th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 700th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 788th in the region

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