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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,542ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,775thBest Weather: 2,956th
The Sylvan Kingdom of
Democratic Socialists
We Will Endure
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Willow Gate

Population1.666 billion

LeaderBenevolent Mistress

Currencyflorin
Animalwolf

The Sylvan Kingdom of Willow Gate is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Benevolent Mistress with an even hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, hatred of cheese, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 1.666 billion Gateholders are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 92.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Willow Gatean economy, worth 129 trillion florins a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Beef-Based Agriculture industry. Average income is 77,606 florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint, government fact-checkers use surprising amounts of high explosive, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, and many mayors are barely in office before being kicked out for minor parking violations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Willow Gate's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Willow Gate is ranked 196,520th in the world and 2,250th in the West Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 23.4 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,542ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,775thBest Weather: 2,956thMost Influential: 3,009thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,098thMost Pacifist: 3,314thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,695thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,316thSafest: 4,644thHealthiest Citizens: 4,723rdNicest Citizens: 4,735thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,841stMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,118thMost Inclusive: 6,308thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,335thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,379thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,684thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,712thLowest Crime Rates: 7,802ndMost Advanced Public Education: 9,277thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,898thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 14,186thLargest Governments: 15,002ndMost Income Equality: 17,567thSmartest Citizens: 19,195thMost Secular: 19,204thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,773rd
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Largest Welfare Programs: 47th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 49th in the regionBest Weather: 56th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 73rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 74th in the regionMost Influential: 82nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 87th in the regionSafest: 88th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 92nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 98th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 98th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 101st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 103rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 105th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 127th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 129th in the regionMost Inclusive: 151st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 163rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 176th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 208th in the regionNudest: 254th in the regionLargest Governments: 277th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 300th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 412th in the regionMost Secular: 439th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 476th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 496th in the regionMost Developed: 557th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Willow Gate voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Lily".
  • : Willow Gate voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Supporting People with Disabilities".
  • : Following new legislation in Willow Gate, many mayors are barely in office before being kicked out for minor parking violations.
  • : Following new legislation in Willow Gate, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : Willow Gate lodged a message on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Willow Gate, government fact-checkers use surprising amounts of high explosive.
  • : Following new legislation in Willow Gate, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : Willow Gate was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending and the Top 10% for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Willow Gate lodged a message on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Willow Gate, tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens.

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