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Most Pacifist: 7,866th Largest Welfare Programs: 8,346th Nicest Citizens: 9,868th
The Democratic Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Left, left, not right, left
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Some

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Westgeist

Population2.821 billion

Currencyinvisible coin
Animalpoltergeist

The Democratic Republic of Westgeist is a massive, cultured nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, avant-garde cinema, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 2.821 billion Westgeistians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 76.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Westgeistian economy, worth 93.8 trillion invisible coins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Pizza Delivery industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 33,263 invisible coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly, foreigners must sell an arm and a leg to afford surgery in Westgeist, and all mothers are allowed six months fully-paid maternity leave. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Westgeist's national animal is the poltergeist, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Westgeist is ranked 13,384th in the world and 118th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Inclusive, scoring 158.62 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

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Most Pacifist: 7,866thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,346thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 9,868thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,195thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,038thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,221stMost Inclusive: 13,384thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,009thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,795th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Westgeist was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs and the Top 10% for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Westgeist, all mothers are allowed six months fully-paid maternity leave.
  • : Following new legislation in Westgeist, foreigners must sell an arm and a leg to afford surgery in Westgeist.
  • : Following new legislation in Westgeist, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly.
  • : Following new legislation in Westgeist, old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime.
  • : Westgeist was reclassified from "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Westgeist, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Westgeist, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song.
  • : Westgeist was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Scandinavian Liberal Paradise".
  • : Following new legislation in Westgeist, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits.

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