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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,017thMost Influential: 2,021stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,349th
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Sympathy Mesa

Population1.049 billion

LeaderWenis the Eviscerator

AnimalEuropean polecat

The Borderlands of Sympathy Mesa is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Wenis the Eviscerator with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and soft-spoken computers. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.049 billion Sympathy Mesans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Halcyon. The average income tax rate is 87.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Sympathy Mesan economy, worth 90.8 trillion souls a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Cheese Exports. Average income is 86,554 souls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, where there's a will there is usually a password manager, the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction, and a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sympathy Mesa's national animal is the European polecat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Kelpism.

Sympathy Mesa is ranked 79,799th in the world and 3,518th in The North Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 3,233.52 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,017thMost Influential: 2,021stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,349thTop
Safest: 3,340thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,455thMost Pacifist: 3,595thMost Inclusive: 4,900thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,965thNicest Citizens: 5,197thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,666thHealthiest Citizens: 5,983rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,077thBest Weather: 6,306thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,371stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,458thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,175thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,666thMost Income Equality: 10,076thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,143rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,150thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,411thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,546thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,759thLowest Crime Rates: 10,768thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,698thTop
Smartest Citizens: 13,184thMost Secular: 16,137thMost Cultured: 16,431stLargest Governments: 17,293rdHighest Poor Incomes: 17,812thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,881stMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,426th
Least Corrupt Governments: 130th in the regionSafest: 183rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 183rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 218th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 282nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 288th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 296th in the regionNicest Citizens: 301st in the regionMost Inclusive: 319th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 354th in the regionBest Weather: 372nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 454th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 455th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 462nd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 530th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 537th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 549th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 552nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 560th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 563rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 577th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 586th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 649th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 653rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 694th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 715th in the regionMost Influential: 769th in the regionMost Secular: 823rd in the regionMost Cultured: 843rd in the regionLargest Governments: 872nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 947th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sympathy Mesa voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Long-Term Storage Of Produced Waste".
  • : Sympathy Mesa was endorsed by The Dictatorship of Tibus Heth.
  • : Following new legislation in Sympathy Mesa, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up.
  • : Following new legislation in Sympathy Mesa, the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction.
  • : Following new legislation in Sympathy Mesa, where there's a will there is usually a password manager.
  • : Sympathy Mesa voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Kelssek".
  • : Sympathy Mesa was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Sympathy Mesa, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Sympathy Mesa, murderers facing life in prison listen to long sermons on positive thinking.
  • : Following new legislation in Sympathy Mesa, the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 197 » Aerilia, Great Bights Mum, Kazoo Basin, Lulubellia, Koda-Land, The Tampa Bay Rays, Empy, The Pantheons, The Rhein States, Orado, Kragsgale, The Serdey Islands, Bankowiata, Heilhum Imperius, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Notyoutopia, Pytong, Dreadton, Slyakanya, Dar es Saalam, Sundred, Imperial Pieserged, Guer Aike, Former English Colony, Hamerica, Kranostav, Selfgradatude, Corfad, Siwale, Yaorozu, Newpromisedland, Interdimensional Zone, Shibutani, Votak Matim, Republica Guilleana, Zzozona, Hardscrabble, Territorio di Nessuno, Sevinland, Valentine Z, Holy Oranz, North Bratislava, East Akra, Brucklania, Simone Republic, Omnistria, Yokciq Empire, Malta Comino Gozo, Dabarastan, New Lakemba, and 147 others.Draconian Progression, El Fiji Grande, Cretox State, Ethnon, Pasargad, Shadowrik, Sunto, Joodey, Odelinor, 1 very fast endotarter, Sil Dorsett, Wineclaw, The Pleiads, Ravendi, Frances Francis the First of France, Seenvorland, Nodnarb, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Daiz, Xipher, Chukstik Illahi, Tvers, Sikol, Climeria, Yellops, Ozstan, Seijitsu, Blyskalia, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Colfes, Port Naga, The Iron Lions, United Kahndaq, Godwanna, Bharathvarsh, Libertania Democratica, Svenskskit, Strongwill, His Enduring Majesty, Loutsland, The Endless Eventide, Illusia and Neverendia, Star Kingdom, Galbadiana, Xagill, Pallaith, Xentherida, Holy Empire of Greater Bavaria, Nuronte, Que Lukustinardon, Runeda, Wilkshire, Planes, Zyvetskistaahn, Madjack, The Mazur Empire, Sachi, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Crusadam, McMasterdonia, Moubarakistan, Chips and Guac, Barabolia, Ice and Tinian, Zemnaya Svoboda, Vesteysia, Clan Spaniel, Francois Isidore, Valgarda, Maott, Figyjharli, Svenskan, Wapistan, Sanjurika, Trumpski, Dangine, Lol2639, Siforpeo, Travislavania, Kromi, Shotokonia, Free Salvation, Tyirza, Super Girl, Xyrron, Aryan Homeland, BTProductions, The Jerichowan Country, Steampunk Ariel, Ioannenburg, Unsophisticate, Mon Island, Burturn, ForestMythal, Allevania, East Supple Lund, Batatoland Empire, Religioncord, Advancia-Sizzletown, New Celoveniortan, Korean-Joseon, Jakit, Seanat, Tsandonown, Britle, Defense For The World Assembly, Centrialand, Atlunartemis, Ootasa, Libvillia, Katuda, 2 and 2 is Fish, Greater Ale Permars, Ariele, Card Kingdom, Merconitonitopia, Boston Castle, Ellbonnia, Fraystonia, Kastonvia, Lemsrow, Nordic-British Union, Sopernia, Apollo Park, Wellandy, Liberatarian States, Bearical, Nova Arcania, Venicea, Drueste, Fizban, Unshleepd, Muqatil, Hepek, Morcusa Clicanskaukk, Nation1812, Sahriastan, Perikuresu, Outer Shenendoah, British-Australia, Capablanca, Lionia, The Calabash Protectorate, Glurponia, The Blazeland Administration, Beta Cyndriel, and Tibus Heth.

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