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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 778thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,105thMost Influential: 1,630th
The Democratic States of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
We the people are forever
Marcus Merides
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population5.372 billion

LeaderMarcus Merides


The Democratic States of Westerhold is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Marcus Merides with a fair hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, suspicion of poets, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.372 billion Westerholdians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Starhaven. The average income tax rate is 59.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Westerholdian economy, worth 645 trillion Credits 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, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. 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 an impressive 120,205 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is washing its hands of alleged corruption, the military struggles with recruitment, the government loves seeing the little people fight, and the nation's historic treasures have been sold off to Maxtopia's "Museum of Westerholdian Artifacts That They're Too Stupid to Appreciate". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Westerhold's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Westerhold is ranked 207,283rd in the world and 4,561st in The North Pacific for Most Conservative, scoring 36.92 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 778thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,105thMost Influential: 1,630thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 9,529thBest Weather: 11,335thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,221stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,475thMost Inclusive: 13,971stTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,161stMost Developed: 16,011thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,461stMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,379thMost Secular: 18,691stSmartest Citizens: 19,023rdLongest Average Lifespans: 19,720thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,739thHighest Food Quality: 21,307thMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,142ndHighest Poor Incomes: 23,254thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 24,658thLargest Welfare Programs: 25,540thNicest Citizens: 26,669thMost Advanced Public Education: 27,100th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 127th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 390th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 394th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 438th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 477th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 524th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 540th in the regionBest Weather: 557th in the regionLargest Black Market: 566th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 584th in the region

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