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Largest Welfare Programs: 11,517thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,465thBest Weather: 15,488th
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William Beebe

Population342 million

CapitalNew Eden


The Free Land of William Beebe is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its anti-smoking policies, pith helmet sales, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 342 million William Beebeans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Eden. The average income tax rate is 46.3%.

The thriving William Beebean economy, worth 24.7 trillion Guineas a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 72,135 Guineas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food, motorists' locations are constantly tracked by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, tourists call William Beebean beach towns "the fine coastline", and referenda are held for every conceivable government action. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. William Beebe's national animal is the Pheasant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

William Beebe is ranked 158,789th in the world and 5th in Save Our Planet for Fattest Citizens, with 8.9 Obesity Rate.

Largest Welfare Programs: 11,517thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,465thBest Weather: 15,488th

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