by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 35thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,690thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,892nd
The Sovereign Kingdom of
Left-wing Utopia
Liberty and Equality
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population20.219 billion


CurrencyBruwer Guilden

The Sovereign Kingdom of Westnesia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic population of 20.219 billion Westnesians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bruw. The average income tax rate is 93.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Westnesian economy, worth a remarkable 1,679 trillion Bruwer Guildens a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 83,083 Bruwer Guildens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has instituted 'traveller reservations' across the country, unstable couples are known to break up over which one gets parental leave, birth rates have hit an all-time low, and teams of painters are converting road signs from horse lengths to kilometers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Westnesia's national animal is the Lynx, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Westnesia is ranked 221,503rd in the world and 754th in The Communist Bloc for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -15.62 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Influential: 35thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,690thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,892ndTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,309thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,323rdBest Weather: 3,602ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,221stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,310thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,817thMost Stationary: 5,278thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,365thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,206thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,424thMost Pacifist: 6,545thSafest: 6,832ndLongest Average Lifespans: 7,655thLargest Populations: 7,685thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,877thMost Cultured: 8,134thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,741stSmartest Citizens: 9,281stHealthiest Citizens: 10,440thHighest Economic Output: 10,598thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,996thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 11,890thHighest Food Quality: 12,052ndNicest Citizens: 13,034thLargest Governments: 14,246thLowest Crime Rates: 16,735thHighest Poor Incomes: 22,618th
Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 40th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 41st in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 54th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 61st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 62nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 63rd in the regionBest Weather: 65th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 77th in the region

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