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Waldenes

Population3.659 billion

CapitalHigh Walden

CurrencyCrut
AnimalMountain Lion

The Republic of Waldenes is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 3.659 billion Waldenesians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of High Walden. The average income tax rate is 74.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Waldenesian economy, worth 541 trillion Cruts a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 148,115 Cruts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Business leaders commend the government for enacting an emissions reduction strategy that reduces no Waldenesian emissions at all, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons', basket-weaving is the nation's latest fad, and the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Waldenes's national animal is the Mountain Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Waldenes is ranked 149,944th in the world and 4,377th in The East Pacific for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -3 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,925thTop
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Most Pacifist: 2,693rdNicest Citizens: 2,762ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,803rdMost Inclusive: 3,097thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,208thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,241stHighest Food Quality: 4,476thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,778thMost Influential: 5,012thSafest: 6,123rdBest Weather: 6,802ndLargest Retail Industry: 6,900thMost Cultured: 7,380thMost Efficient Economies: 7,546thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,704thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,800thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,611thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,662ndHealthiest Citizens: 8,723rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,893rdMost Developed: 9,025thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,340thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,765thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,279thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,717thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,981stSmartest Citizens: 11,078thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,609thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,278thTop
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Largest Governments: 13,547thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,659thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,241stHighest Average Incomes: 15,742ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21,014thHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,917th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 61st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 79th in the regionNicest Citizens: 86th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 91st in the regionMost Pacifist: 93rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 98th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 106th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 127th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 175th in the regionSafest: 191st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 194th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 196th in the regionBest Weather: 196th in the regionMost Cultured: 199th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 204th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 218th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 249th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 255th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 275th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 282nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 285th in the regionMost Developed: 286th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 291st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 301st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 313th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 315th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 345th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 359th in the regionMost Influential: 364th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 373rd in the regionLargest Governments: 379th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 388th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 392nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 397th in the regionNudest: 418th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 554th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 699th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 829th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 860th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 868th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 890th in the regionLargest Populations: 994th in the region

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