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Most Valuable International Artwork: 16,805thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,340thNicest Citizens: 21,485th
The United States of
New York Times Democracy
Worship Melon, and he shall return
Influence
Eminence Grise
Officer Of The People
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Superb

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ButWhyTho

Population308 million

CapitalMelonia

CurrencyMelon Dollar
AnimalDoge

The United States of ButWhyTho is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, free-roaming dinosaurs, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 308 million Melonians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Melonia. The average income tax rate is 35.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Melonian economy, worth 18.5 trillion Melon Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 60,126 Melon Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Leader's most personal functions, surrogate mothers are encouraged to refer to their wombs as 'rental space', and every microwave and toaster is being disassembled and probed by inspectors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. ButWhyTho's national animal is the Doge, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

ButWhyTho is ranked 23,274th in the world and 2nd in Areus for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 5,858.98 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 16,805thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,340thNicest Citizens: 21,485thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 23,274thSafest: 23,389th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : ButWhyTho was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in ButWhyTho, every microwave and toaster is being disassembled and probed by inspectors.
  • : Following new legislation in ButWhyTho, surrogate mothers are encouraged to refer to their wombs as 'rental space'.
  • : Following new legislation in ButWhyTho, advertisers scramble to sponsor the broadcast of Leader's most personal functions.
  • : Following new legislation in ButWhyTho, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in ButWhyTho, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : ButWhyTho changed its national animal to "Doge".
  • : Following new legislation in ButWhyTho, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in ButWhyTho, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms.
  • : Following new legislation in ButWhyTho, children have lost interest in toy guns in favor of toy meth lab kits.

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