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The Sylvan Kingdom of Willow Gate

“We Will Endure”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the West Pacific


Willow Gate

Population1.702 billion

LeaderBenevolent Mistress


The Sylvan Kingdom of Willow Gate is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Benevolent Mistress with an even hand, and remarkable for its national health service, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 1.702 billion Gateholders are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 92.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Willow Gatean economy, worth 133 trillion florins a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is 78,438 florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The general public only knows their favorite politician's first name, search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop, and excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Willow Gate's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Willow Gate is ranked 161,783rd in the world and 3,870th in the West Pacific for Highest Drug Use, scoring 46.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,647thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,873rdBest Weather: 2,975thMost Influential: 3,017thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,196thMost Pacifist: 3,319thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,626thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,390thSafest: 4,420thHealthiest Citizens: 4,739thNicest Citizens: 4,774thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,842ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,223rdMost Inclusive: 6,280thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,339thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,359thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,520thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,644thLowest Crime Rates: 7,639thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,429thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,971stTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 14,214thLargest Governments: 14,773rdMost Income Equality: 18,091stSmartest Citizens: 18,561stMost Secular: 19,123rdHighest Poor Incomes: 23,419thLeast Corrupt Governments: 23,982nd
Largest Welfare Programs: 51st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 52nd in the regionTop
Best Weather: 58th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 63rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 76th in the regionSafest: 79th in the regionMost Influential: 83rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 86th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 92nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 98th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 100th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 101st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 105th in the regionNicest Citizens: 107th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 129th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 130th in the regionMost Inclusive: 150th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 158th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 178th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 211th in the regionNudest: 258th in the regionLargest Governments: 273rd in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 303rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 405th in the regionMost Secular: 431st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 491st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 493rd in the regionMost Developed: 562nd in the region

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