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The Federal Republic of Winklebottom

“E pluribus unum”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the Pacific

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Winklebottom

Population21.275 billion

CapitalWinkopolis

CurrencyWink
AnimalRook

The Federal Republic of Winklebottom is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, anti-smoking policies, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 21.275 billion Winktonians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Winkopolis. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Winklebottomian economy, worth a remarkable 8,075 trillion Winks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 379,563 Winks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Large sections of Winklebottom have been named national reserves to protect the native tribes living there, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall, and from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in Winklebottom. Crime is totally unknown. Winklebottom's national animal is the Rook, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Winklebottom is ranked 226,294th in the world and 6,942nd in the Pacific for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -38.34 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 15thLeast Corrupt Governments: 20thMost Compassionate Citizens: 30thMost Pacifist: 32ndNicest Citizens: 33rdMost Inclusive: 34thLargest Publishing Industry: 35thMost Developed: 65thHealthiest Citizens: 65thSafest: 68thSmartest Citizens: 75thLongest Average Lifespans: 79thMost Cheerful Citizens: 98thMost Secular: 165thMost Cultured: 174thMost Scientifically Advanced: 220thMost Rebellious Youth: 237thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 269thLargest Governments: 382ndHighest Poor Incomes: 450thLargest Information Technology Sector: 481stLowest Crime Rates: 493rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 568thHighest Economic Output: 701stLargest Welfare Programs: 727thMost Advanced Public Education: 730thMost Beautiful Environments: 907thHighest Average Incomes: 912thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 943rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,000thMost Efficient Economies: 1,058thMost Stationary: 1,111thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,274thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,355thBest Weather: 1,578thTop
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Largest Populations: 5,650thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,383rdMost Subsidized Industry: 6,424thTop
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Most Influential: 11,663rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,183rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,793rd
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 19th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 25th in the regionLargest Populations: 28th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionBest Weather: 33rd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 137th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 149th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 166th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 359th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 398th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 612th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 622nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in Winklebottom.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, large sections of Winklebottom have been named national reserves to protect the native tribes living there.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, Winklebottom recently hosted the least successful trade negotiations since The Phantom Menace.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, fashion models are guaranteed to be 100% genuinely as anorexic as they appear on magazine covers.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, the general public only knows their favorite politician's first name.

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