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United Counties of the Midwest

Population325 million


The Democratic Republic of United Counties of the Midwest is a huge, safe nation, notable for its national health service, avant-garde cinema, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 325 million United Counties of the Midwestians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 50.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong United Counties of the Midwestian economy, worth 18.3 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Pizza Delivery, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 56,297 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation leads The Union of Democratic States in per capita stalking, being Leader has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink, and on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. United Counties of the Midwest's national animal is the Tortoise, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

United Counties of the Midwest is ranked 140,904th in the world and 269th in The Union of Democratic States for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 989.58 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,079thMost Influential: 7,968thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 12,038thNicest Citizens: 16,683rdMost Rebellious Youth: 17,294thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,536thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,767th
Highest Drug Use: 27th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 30th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 34th in the region

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