The Commonwealth of Western Sammarin is a small, safe nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 23 million Western Sammarinese 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 enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 73.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.
Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Western Sammarin's national animal is the slaty-mantled goshawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.
The developing Western Sammarinese economy, worth 721 billion spesmiloes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 31,378 spesmiloes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.
Anti-government web sites are springing up, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Western Sammarin City Times is sold out, annual Formula One races bring the capital to a screeching halt, and citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'.