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The Old Guardian of Wintermoot III

“A fantastic floating paradise”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Wintermoot III

Population14.307 billion

Currencynone
Animalnone

The Old Guardian of Wintermoot III is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 14.307 billion Wintermoot-ians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

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 97.8%.

The Wintermoot IIIian economy, worth 481 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 33,621 nones, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The government is avowedly atheist. 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 40,959th in the world and 1,671st in Lazarus for Least Corrupt Governments, with 93.87 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,483rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,800thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,611thTop
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Best Weather: 10,600thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,870thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,790thMost Influential: 11,836thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,469thLargest Populations: 14,804thLargest Black Market: 17,152ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,325th
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 134th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 291st in the regionMost Influential: 332nd in the regionMost Stationary: 357th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 466th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 564th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 574th in the regionBest Weather: 606th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 633rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 693rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Wintermoot III was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Wintermoot III's influence in Lazarus fell from "Page" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Wintermoot III was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Wintermoot III was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Wintermoot III was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments and the Top 10% for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Wintermoot III's influence in Lazarus fell from "Squire" to "Page".
  • : Wintermoot III was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Wintermoot III was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather and Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Wintermoot III was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Wintermoot III's influence in Lazarus fell from "Apprentice" to "Squire".

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