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The Benign Republic of Tubbsalot

“We're not fat.”

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

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the Pacific

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The Benign Republic of Tubbsalot is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by a bizarre upright ant with a fair hand, and notable for its restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, intelligent population of 12.617 billion Tubbsalottles 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, Social Equality, and Healthcare. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Formicidia. The average income tax rate is 53%, and even higher for the wealthy. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry.

Same-sex marriages are increasingly common, artists are pillars of society, children as young as six shock their parents by coming out of the closet, and citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow. Crime is well under control. Tubbsalot's national animal is the lover of fine art, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the snuckle.

Tubbsalot is ranked 761st in the Pacific and 26,035th in the world for Most Average, scoring 1,133 on the Average Standarized Normality Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 3 hours ago

  • 21 hours ago: Tubbsalot was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow.
  • 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, children as young as six shock their parents by coming out of the closet.
  • 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, artists are pillars of society.
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, same-sex marriages are increasingly common.
  • 5 days ago: Tubbsalot was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Happiest Citizens (last census: Top 5%).
  • 7 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system.
  • 7 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, third party candidates are now gaining some representation in Parliament.
  • 8 days ago: Tubbsalot was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans (last census: Top 5%).
  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, citizens may cast their vote over the internet or phone.

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