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The Old Guardian of Wintermoot III

“A fantastic floating paradise”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Wintermoot III

Population14.779 billion

Currencynone
Animalnone

The Old Guardian of Wintermoot III is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The quiet, industrious population of 14.779 billion Wintermoot-ians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 97.6%.

The Wintermoot IIIian economy, worth 490 trillion nones a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, extremely specialized black market in Soda Sales. 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 33,177 nones, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The government has outlawed extremist parties, airplane passengers have been known to stuff pillows in their jackets to get extra arm room, a major religion has been named as Wintermoot III's national religion, and Leader has just been declared ruler of Wintermoot III in an international press conference. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Wintermoot III's national animal is the none, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Wintermoot III is ranked 11,970th in the world and 316th in Lazarus for Most Influential, scoring 4,015 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,637thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,652ndTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,579thBest Weather: 11,619thMost Influential: 11,970thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,396thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,969thLargest Populations: 14,639thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,949thLargest Black Market: 19,282ndMost Stationary: 19,911th
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 133rd in the regionMost Influential: 316th in the regionMost Stationary: 321st in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 455th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 592nd in the regionBest Weather: 604th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 610th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 659th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 661st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Wintermoot III was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Wintermoot III was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Following new legislation in Wintermoot III, Leader has just been declared ruler of Wintermoot III in an international press conference.
  • : Following new legislation in Wintermoot III, a major religion has been named as Wintermoot III's national religion.
  • : Following new legislation in Wintermoot III, airplane passengers have been known to stuff pillows in their jackets to get extra arm room.
  • : Following new legislation in Wintermoot III, the government has outlawed extremist parties.
  • : Wintermoot III was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Wintermoot III, pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit.
  • : Following new legislation in Wintermoot III, the right to free speech is being drastically curtailed.
  • : Following new legislation in Wintermoot III, punitive tariffs protect local industry.

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