by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8,550thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,727thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,462nd
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The West North Southness

Population292 million


The Nomadic Peoples of The West North Southness is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic population of 292 million West North Southnessians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 38.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish West North Southnessian economy, worth 10.4 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Information Technology. Average income is 35,664 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Torture is illegal, picnickers are lucky if a few wasps are the only animals that trouble them, primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit, and the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The The West North Southness City Times is sold out. Crime is totally unknown. The West North Southness's national animal is the Goose, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The West North Southness is ranked 90,916th in the world and 909th in 10000 Islands for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 1,268.7 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8,550thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,727thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,462nd
Most Politically Free: 163rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 210th in the region

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