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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,644thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,873rdBest Weather: 2,975th
The Sylvan Kingdom of
Democratic Socialists
We Will Endure
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Willow Gate

Population1.702 billion

LeaderBenevolent Mistress


The Sylvan Kingdom of Willow Gate is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Benevolent Mistress with an even hand, and renowned for its national health service, hatred of cheese, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 1.702 billion Gateholders are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 92.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Willow Gatean economy, worth 133 trillion florins a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is 78,482 florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion, the general public only knows their favorite politician's first name, search and rescue forces now accept cheques and all major credit cards, and the best way to be heard in politics is to speak softly and carry a big comedy prop. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Willow Gate's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Willow Gate is ranked 161,672nd in the world and 3,864th in the West Pacific for Highest Drug Use, scoring 46.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,644thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,873rdBest Weather: 2,975thMost Influential: 3,016thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,193rdMost Pacifist: 3,318thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,781stMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,389thSafest: 4,416thHealthiest Citizens: 4,735thNicest Citizens: 4,772ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,839thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,217thMost Inclusive: 6,277thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,337thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,357thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,514thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,641stLowest Crime Rates: 7,631stMost Advanced Public Education: 9,426thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,964thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 14,203rdLargest Governments: 14,765thMost Income Equality: 18,075thSmartest Citizens: 18,554thMost Secular: 19,117thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,412thLeast Corrupt Governments: 23,969th
Largest Welfare Programs: 51st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 52nd in the regionTop
Best Weather: 58th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 65th in the regionMost Pacifist: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 76th in the regionSafest: 79th in the regionMost Influential: 83rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 86th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 92nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 98th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 100th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 101st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 105th in the regionNicest Citizens: 107th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 129th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 130th in the regionMost Inclusive: 150th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 158th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 178th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 212th in the regionNudest: 258th in the regionLargest Governments: 273rd in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 303rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 405th in the regionMost Secular: 431st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 491st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 493rd in the regionMost Developed: 562nd in the region

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