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The Duchy of Wolemoer

“For the duke and for the people”

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

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific

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Wolemoer

Population5.572 billion

CapitalCerchester
LeaderDuke Charles XII
FaithChristianity

CurrencyCarolean Pound
AnimalPenguin

The Duchy of Wolemoer is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Duke Charles XII with an even hand, and renowned for its hatred of cheese, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, hard-working, devout population of 5.572 billion Wolemoerians 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, Healthcare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cerchester. The average income tax rate is 81.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Wolemoerian economy, worth 246 trillion Carolean Pounds a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 44,221 Carolean Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Waste is frequently shipped to other countries, the acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market, and sailors spend their shore leave helping old ladies cross the street. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Wolemoer's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Christianity.

Wolemoer is ranked 161,873rd in the world and 2,867th in The East Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 96.9 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,377thMost Influential: 3,887thSafest: 11,549thBest Weather: 11,986thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 12,238thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,329thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,492ndMost Pacifist: 14,179thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,307thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,324thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,355thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,422ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,188thMost Stationary: 20,168thLowest Crime Rates: 22,384thNicest Citizens: 22,702ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,779thLongest Average Lifespans: 24,102nd
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Most Influential: 257th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 299th in the regionMost Stationary: 339th in the regionSafest: 370th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 370th in the regionBest Weather: 390th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 409th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 413th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 427th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 462nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 481st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 483rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 489th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 492nd in the regionLargest Populations: 610th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 676th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 698th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 762nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 786th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 837th in the region

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