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The Republic of Willowsplint

“Mission Accomplished”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Basket Case
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Alpha Quadrant

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Willowsplint

Population284 million

Currencyguilder
Animalleopard

The Republic of Willowsplint is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 284 million Willowsplintians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 48.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Willowsplintian economy, worth 2.52 trillion guilders a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Pizza Delivery, Furniture Restoration, Automobile Manufacturing, and Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 8,867 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Willowsplint's national animal is the leopard.

Willowsplint is ranked 126,102nd in the world and 3rd in Alpha Quadrant for Fattest Citizens, with 9.68 Obesity Rate.

Top
1%
Most Authoritarian: 1,802ndTop
5%
Most Extreme: 3,289thMost Conservative: 3,828thMost Income Equality: 5,799thMost Ignorant Citizens: 5,875th

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