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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,405thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,263rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,449th
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Well, We Tried.
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Western Fardelshufflestein

Population617 million

CapitalNew Hamletberg

Currencyschlub
AnimalEurasian brown bear

The Not Kenneth Branagh of Western Fardelshufflestein is a huge, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete absence of social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 617 million Western Fardelshufflesteinians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Hamletberg. The average income tax rate is 58.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Western Fardelshufflesteinian economy, worth 61.3 trillion schlubs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 99,301 schlubs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time, dictionary sales have hit an all-time high, and the nation faces constant invasions by foreign boy bands. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Western Fardelshufflestein's national animal is the Eurasian brown bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Western Fardelshufflestein is ranked 138,401st in the world and 5,249th in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 239.03 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,405thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,263rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,449thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,358thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 10,572ndNicest Citizens: 13,780thMost Influential: 14,689thMost Cultured: 15,601stMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,158thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,210thSafest: 19,592ndMost Rebellious Youth: 20,105thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20,310th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 197th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 248th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 287th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 332nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 382nd in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 446th in the regionNicest Citizens: 509th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 560th in the regionMost Politically Free: 593rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 610th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 620th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 624th in the regionMost Developed: 650th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 705th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 716th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 717th in the regionSafest: 765th in the region

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