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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,042nd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,048th
The Office of
New York Times Democracy
I speak for Tessen.
Ambassador Karl Vinton
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Tessen Ambassadors

Population9.56 billion

LeaderAmbassador Karl Vinton


The Office of Tessen Ambassadors is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ambassador Karl Vinton with a fair hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 9.56 billion Tessens 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 enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Milwaukee. The average income tax rate is 56.3%.

The Tessen economy, worth 370 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Book Publishing, Uranium Mining, Pizza Delivery, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 38,769 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Tessen Ambassadors has designated Milwaukee as its capital city, Ambassador Karl Vinton has just been declared ruler of Tessen Ambassadors in an international press conference, and a major religion has been named as Tessen Ambassadors's national religion. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Tessen Ambassadors's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Tessen Ambassadors is ranked 129,784th in the world and 2nd in American Coalition of Nations for Highest Drug Use, scoring 33 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,042ndTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,048th
Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the region

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