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Largest Welfare Programs: 5,686th Largest Publishing Industry: 8,581st Most Cultured: 9,301st
The Union of
New York Times Democracy
Nihil sine Pokémonum
President Steven Stone
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Hot Skitty on Wailord Action

Population13.234 billion

CapitalEver Grande City
LeaderPresident Steven Stone
Faiththe Holy Church of Wailord


The Union of Hot Skitty on Wailord Action is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by President Steven Stone with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, zero percent divorce rate, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 13.234 billion Hot Skitty 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Social Policy, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ever Grande City. The average income tax rate is 69.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Hot Skitty economy, worth a remarkable 1,185 trillion yen a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Information Technology. Average income is 89,586 yen, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Summer science camps are regularly raided by narcotics police, foreign leaders with unpaid parking tickets are often refused entry, translators have been hired to deal with the varying regional accents during national political debates, and short shrift is being given to applications for political asylum from illegal immigrants. Crime is well under control, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hot Skitty on Wailord Action's national animal is the Skitty, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Holy Church of Wailord.

Hot Skitty on Wailord Action is ranked 128,684th in the world and 429th in Field Egg Group for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -39.52 on the Hayek Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 5,686thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 8,581stMost Cultured: 9,301stMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,638thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,418thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,461stHighest Economic Output: 11,698thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,808thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,100thLargest Populations: 13,365th
Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionTop
Safest: 24th in the regionMost Armed: 26th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 26th in the regionRudest Citizens: 32nd in the region

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