by Max Barry

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 36th Most Compassionate Citizens: 37th Nicest Citizens: 42nd
The Federal Republic of
New York Times Democracy
E pluribus unum
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population15.4 billion



The Federal Republic of Winklebottom is a gargantuan, efficient nation, notable for its infamous sell-swords, state-planned economy, and unlimited-speed roads. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 15.4 billion Winktonians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Welfare, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Winkopolis. The average income tax rate is 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Winklebottomian economy, worth a remarkable 4,628 trillion Winks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 300,528 Winks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Flu research is commonly shut down for fear of creating a superbug, the WBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays, Winklebottomian police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests, and the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent. Crime is totally unknown. Winklebottom's national animal is the Rook, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Winklebottom is ranked 489th in the world and 9th in the Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 679.25 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 36thMost Compassionate Citizens: 37thNicest Citizens: 42ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 44thLargest Publishing Industry: 47thMost Inclusive: 58thMost Pacifist: 60thHealthiest Citizens: 102ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 106thSafest: 167thSmartest Citizens: 176thMost Rebellious Youth: 243rdMost Developed: 284thHighest Poor Incomes: 304thMost Cultured: 375thLongest Average Lifespans: 386thMost Secular: 391stMost Scientifically Advanced: 489thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 720thLargest Welfare Programs: 837thLargest Governments: 850thLowest Crime Rates: 1,055thMost Efficient Economies: 1,243rdMost Advanced Public Education: 1,250thHighest Economic Output: 1,312thHighest Average Incomes: 1,327thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,374thMost Stationary: 1,390thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,578thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,783rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,222ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,428thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,938thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,602ndMost Politically Free: 4,786thBest Weather: 5,234thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,826thLargest Populations: 6,687thMost Influential: 7,629thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 14,477th
Most Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 27th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 27th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 31st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 36th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 37th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 44th in the regionLargest Populations: 50th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 58th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 71st in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 75th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 93rd in the regionMost Influential: 117th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 147th in the regionBest Weather: 148th in the regionTop
Nudest: 424th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 457th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 673rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, Winklebottomian police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests.
  • : Winklebottom was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, the WBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, flu research is commonly shut down for fear of creating a superbug.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, grumbling early morning commuters bemoan having to travel to work in the dark.
  • : Following new legislation in Winklebottom, a government program is underway to revitalize Winklebottom's beaches.


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