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The Borderlands of Withil Downs

“The Hidden Will Remain”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Lazarus


Withil Downs

Population7.997 billion

CapitalGentle Mirkwood
LeaderForth Forest


The Borderlands of Withil Downs is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Forth Forest with a fair hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, avant-garde cinema, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 7.997 billion Withs are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gentle Mirkwood. The average income tax rate is 95.1%.

The thriving Withil Downsian economy, worth 835 trillion Jades a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 104,537 Jades, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones, competing private ambulances racing to be the first to traffic accidents are a major cause of road accidents, former planespotters are dusting off long-abandoned anoraks, and at least 1% of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs budget goes to Forth Forest's wardrobe. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Withil Downs's national animal is the Huorn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Withil Downs is ranked 89,538th in the world and 2,085th in Lazarus for Most Stationary, with 52.77498011288 Days.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,542ndTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,354thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,080thBest Weather: 3,097thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,721stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,369thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,679thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,847thMost Inclusive: 5,020thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,096thMost Cultured: 5,121stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,730thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,934thMost Devout: 7,529thLargest Governments: 7,675thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,734thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 7,932ndNicest Citizens: 7,959thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,084thMost Influential: 10,493rdLargest Publishing Industry: 11,610thHealthiest Citizens: 11,663rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,360thSmartest Citizens: 14,285thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,377th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 93rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 139th in the regionBest Weather: 151st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 153rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 213th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 214th in the regionMost Inclusive: 252nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 256th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 259th in the regionMost Cultured: 266th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 288th in the regionMost Influential: 311th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 363rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 409th in the regionMost Devout: 410th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 434th in the regionNicest Citizens: 450th in the regionLargest Governments: 458th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 499th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 563rd in the region

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