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Whestion

Population22.219 billion

CapitalOld Forttown Ridge
LeaderPrime Minister Charles Hansen

CurrencyDollar
AnimalFugal

The Federal Republic of Whestion is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Charles Hansen with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, daily referendums, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 22.219 billion Whestionians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Forttown Ridge. The average income tax rate is 5.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Whestionian economy, worth a remarkable 8,276 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 372,486 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens praise the weeds that overwhelm their narrow vegetable realm, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia, attempts to inform people about their unclaimed property are often mistaken for telephone scams, and the seats at the back of the parliament are reserved for indigenous ministers. Crime is totally unknown. Whestion's national animal is the Fugal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Whestion is ranked 387th in the world and 1st in The Free Nations Region for Most Cultured, scoring 484 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 210thMost Cultured: 387thMost Efficient Economies: 399thHighest Disposable Incomes: 401stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 442ndMost Developed: 449thHealthiest Citizens: 464thHighest Poor Incomes: 467thLongest Average Lifespans: 497thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 583rdBest Weather: 607thHighest Food Quality: 616thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 702ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 798thSmartest Citizens: 798thHighest Economic Output: 843rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 925thLargest Publishing Industry: 932ndMost Beautiful Environments: 975thMost Scientifically Advanced: 982ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,133rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,194thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,559thSafest: 1,745thTop
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Largest Governments: 3,203rdLargest Retail Industry: 3,691stLargest Insurance Industry: 3,751stMost Advanced Public Education: 4,026thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,125thMost Patriotic: 4,418thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,753rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,193rdRudest Citizens: 5,330thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,915thMost Influential: 5,957thLargest Populations: 6,502ndMost Inclusive: 6,828thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,372ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,606thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,331stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,466thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,716thLowest Crime Rates: 9,975thNicest Citizens: 12,059thTop
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Most Secular: 12,950thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,486thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,997thLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,014th
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Highest Food Quality: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Patriotic: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 19th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 27th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 29th in the regionMost Politically Free: 31st in the regionMost Inclusive: 32nd in the regionMost Secular: 37th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 39th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 40th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 43rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 44th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the region

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