by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,940thMost Cheerful Citizens: 17,052nd
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.453 billion


The Republic of West8 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 1.453 billion West8ians 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 medium-sized, socially-minded, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Spirituality, although Healthcare, Defense, and Law & Order are also considered important. The average income tax rate is 42.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped West8ian economy, worth 50.1 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 34,452 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, children in school playgrounds can be heard chanting the hymns of the Order of Violet, the new national mascot has to be wheeled onto the field of play, and the silencing of dissent speaks volumes about the quality of West8ian democracy. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. West8's national animal is the beaver, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

West8 is ranked 138,454th in the world and 2,003rd in Birb for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 739.45 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 16,940thMost Cheerful Citizens: 17,052nd
Most Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 24th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 30th in the regionMost Extreme: 57th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 76th in the regionMost Income Equality: 91st in the regionBest Weather: 117th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 119th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 138th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 198th in the regionNicest Citizens: 242nd in the region

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