by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,734th Most Inclusive: 3,949th Most Developed: 4,444th
The Kingdom of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
We are the defenders of peace and democracy.
Chancellor Margaret Harrison
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Kingdom of Winston Island is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Chancellor Margaret Harrison with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.167 billion Winstonians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Monteros. The average income tax rate is 89.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Winstonian economy, worth 704 trillion pacific credits a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 136,296 pacific credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Winston Island's mid-life crisis, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League, and the new coalition government is so large nobody knows where it begins. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Winston Island's national animal is the jaguar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Winston Island is ranked 8,204th in the world and 225th in the South Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 89.44 Quips Per Hour.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,734thMost Inclusive: 3,949thMost Developed: 4,444thBest Weather: 4,528thMost Pacifist: 4,688thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,114thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,537thHealthiest Citizens: 5,717thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,923rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,343rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,407thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,446thNicest Citizens: 6,452ndMost Beautiful Environments: 6,604thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,538thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 7,724thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,843rdSmartest Citizens: 8,204thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,445thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,707thLowest Crime Rates: 9,070thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,521stLargest Governments: 9,774thSafest: 10,095thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,559thMost Efficient Economies: 11,188thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,907thMost Secular: 12,872ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,253rdMost Rebellious Youth: 13,957thHighest Average Incomes: 14,440th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 94th in the regionBest Weather: 125th in the regionMost Inclusive: 134th in the regionMost Developed: 139th in the regionMost Pacifist: 152nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 161st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 169th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 169th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 172nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 180th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 185th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 186th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 192nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 193rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 200th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 205th in the regionNicest Citizens: 208th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 208th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 216th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 218th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 220th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 222nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 225th in the regionLargest Governments: 247th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 252nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 268th in the regionSafest: 303rd in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 328th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 353rd in the regionMost Stationary: 358th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 365th in the regionLargest Populations: 376th in the regionMost Secular: 405th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 445th in the regionNudest: 470th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Winston Island, the new coalition government is so large nobody knows where it begins.
  • : Following new legislation in Winston Island, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League.
  • : Winston Island was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Winston Island was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Winston Island, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Winston Island's mid-life crisis.
  • : Following new legislation in Winston Island, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies.
  • : Winston Island was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Winston Island changed its national motto to "We are the defenders of peace and democracy.".
  • : Winston Island changed its national motto to "Valkyrian".
  • : Following new legislation in Winston Island, the carbon tax fund gladly supplies warm blankets when the poor can't pay their heating bills.

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