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Wrapper was Condemned by Security Council Resolution # 243
Most Advanced Public Education: 86th Most Pacifist: 172nd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 207th
The Puddle Jumping Wads of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Paradise is just a wormhole away.
Influence
Contender
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Wrapper

Population12.72 billion

CapitalWormhole City
LeaderPresident Wad Sam Attah

Currencychewing gum
Animalslack-jawed jumping bean

The Puddle Jumping Wads of Wrapper is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Wad Sam Attah with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 12.72 billion Wads 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — prioritizes Education, although Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wormhole City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Wrapperian economy, worth a remarkable 2,610 trillion chewing gums a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 205,265 chewing gums, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows, advertisers are struggling to make water sound cool to a twitchy public, a widely accepted trade policy is "tit-for-tat", and recreational drug businesses are regularly pruned if they grow above the maximum legal size. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Wrapper's national animal is the slack-jawed jumping bean, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Wrapper is ranked 174,709th in the world and 56th in Stargate for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -47.98 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 86thMost Pacifist: 172ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 207thLargest Welfare Programs: 220thMost Compassionate Citizens: 251stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 252ndMost Beautiful Environments: 278thNicest Citizens: 280thMost Developed: 304thLongest Average Lifespans: 364thBest Weather: 365thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 447thHighest Average Tax Rates: 516thLowest Crime Rates: 583rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 694thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 701stSmartest Citizens: 713thLargest Governments: 737thHealthiest Citizens: 768thMost Advanced Public Transport: 774thMost Inclusive: 788thMost Cultured: 815thSafest: 919thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,508thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,960thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,082ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,426thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,943rdHighest Economic Output: 4,066thMost Influential: 5,003rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,181stHighest Average Incomes: 5,277thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,245thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,027thMost Secular: 8,189thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,426thLargest Populations: 13,822nd
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, recreational drug businesses are regularly pruned if they grow above the maximum legal size.
  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, a widely accepted trade policy is "tit-for-tat".
  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, advertisers are struggling to make water sound cool to a twitchy public.
  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, selling your granddad's clothes requires an incredible amount of paperwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, the fire protection service is wholly government-funded.
  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Wrapper's mid-life crisis.
  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, businesses often fire workers in favour of cheaper automatic systems.
  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, town welcome signs list corporate sponsors.
  • : Following new legislation in Wrapper, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system.

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