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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, safe nation, ruled by a bizarre upright ant with a fair hand, and renowned for its punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, intelligent population of 12.9 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 57%, and even higher for the wealthy. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry.

Radio shows frequently feature people denouncing religion, schoolchildren have twice-weekly sex education classes, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Tubbsalot's radio stations, and parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads. 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 2,370th in the Pacific and 75,792nd in the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, scoring 61 on the Inverse Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 9 hours ago

  • 1 day ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads.
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: Tubbsalot was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Tubbsalot's radio stations.
  • 3 days 12 hours ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, schoolchildren have twice-weekly sex education classes.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, radio shows frequently feature people denouncing religion.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill.
  • 23 days ago: Tubbsalot fell out of the regional Top 10% for Fattest Citizens.
  • 30 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, military funding has been stripped back.
  • 33 days ago: Tubbsalot was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Compassionate Citizens (last census: Top 1%).
  • 35 days ago: Following new legislation in Tubbsalot, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents.

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