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Most Inclusive: 550thMost Compassionate Citizens: 683rdNicest Citizens: 797th
The Joyous Confederation of
Left-wing Utopia
Prevail in love
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Wat Blum

Population9.63 billion

CapitalUrbis Congressus
Leaderthe Superregional Congress

Currencyblume
Animalwarbler

The Joyous Confederation of Wat Blum is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by the Superregional Congress with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, aversion to nipples, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.63 billion Waters are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Urbis Congressus. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Blumie economy, worth a remarkable 1,884 trillion blumes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 195,737 blumes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sleeping on the job is recommended, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products, and there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia. Crime is totally unknown. Wat Blum's national animal is the warbler, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Wat Blum is ranked 187,255th in the world and 6,431st in Osiris for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -4.24 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Inclusive: 550thMost Compassionate Citizens: 683rdNicest Citizens: 797thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 972ndMost Advanced Public Education: 1,196thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,306thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,362ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,412thMost Pacifist: 1,422ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,467thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,499thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,594thLargest Governments: 1,993rdMost Developed: 2,003rdMost Cultured: 2,047thSmartest Citizens: 2,057thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,158thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,348thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,445thBest Weather: 2,683rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,211thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,505thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,544thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,567thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,835thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,854thLowest Crime Rates: 5,144thHealthiest Citizens: 5,249thMost Efficient Economies: 5,604thHighest Average Incomes: 7,128thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,813thSafest: 7,894thHighest Economic Output: 8,823rdMost Secular: 8,877thNudest: 10,196thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,638thTop
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Most Income Equality: 14,630thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,524th
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Most Inclusive: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 14th in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 35th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 37th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 40th in the regionMost Pacifist: 41st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 41st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 47th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 47th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 54th in the regionMost Developed: 62nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 65th in the regionLargest Governments: 74th in the regionMost Cultured: 77th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 78th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 99th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 104th in the regionBest Weather: 104th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 142nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 150th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 153rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 164th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 169th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 185th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 247th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 268th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 268th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 274th in the regionMost Income Equality: 332nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 341st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 341st in the regionNudest: 356th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 386th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 406th in the regionSafest: 410th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 661st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, sleeping on the job is recommended.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, late night talk show hosts are having a field day over the Superregional Congress's questionably sane new coalition partners.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, a sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, the government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point.
  • : Following new legislation in Wat Blum, radio shows frequently feature people denouncing religion.

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