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The Benign Republic of Tubbsalot

“We're not fat.”

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

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the Pacific

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The Benign Republic of Tubbsalot is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by a bizarre upright ant with a fair hand, and remarkable for its punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, intelligent population of 5.409 billion, 5.389 billion of whom are zombies, 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 56%, and even higher for the wealthy. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry.

The military frequently holds bake sales to raise funds, teachers are routinely tested to keep their jobs, major internet servers have acquired citizenship, and it is illegal for police officers to carry out searches due to strict privacy laws. Crime is totally unknown. 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 3,954th in the Pacific and 107,133rd in the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring -10 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Tubbsalot is currently researching a cure.

People: 19,928,136

Zombies: 5,388,927,412

Dead: 7,740,145,642

Survival Rate: 0.15%

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 70 minutes ago

  • 1 day 10 hours ago: Tubbsalot was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Most Dedicated Public Healthcare (last census: Top 5%).
  • 3 days 10 hours ago: Tubbsalot was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Fastest-Growing Economies (last census: Top 10%).
  • 9 days ago: Tubbsalot was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations (last census: Top 10%).
  • 14 days ago: Tubbsalot was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Most Developed (last census: Top 5%).
  • 24 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, it is illegal for police officers to carry out searches due to strict privacy laws.
  • 24 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, major internet servers have acquired citizenship.
  • 24 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, teachers are routinely tested to keep their jobs.
  • 24 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, the military frequently holds bake sales to raise funds.
  • 34 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous.
  • 35 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, the government has adopted a "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" approach to dealing with natural disasters.

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