Most Rebellious Youth: 7th Most Beautiful Environments: 8th Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th
The People's Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Ars longa, vita brevis
Regional Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Good

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The People's Republic of Birchwater is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its avant-garde cinema, rampant corporate plagiarism, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cheerful population of 26.838 billion Birchwaterians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Birchwater City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but stagnant Birchwaterian economy, worth a remarkable 1,670 trillion flugles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 62,244 flugles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The police crack down on tax evaders without mercy, Coco the Clown has been elected to the nation's parliament, Thomas the Spank Engine is the most popular and controversial children's show in the nation, and elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates. Crime is totally unknown. Birchwater's national animal is the Black-capped Chickadee, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Birchwater is ranked 144,610th in the world and 195th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 204.06 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 7thMost Beautiful Environments: 8thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8thLongest Average Lifespans: 9thSmartest Citizens: 9thMost Inclusive: 11thMost Pacifist: 11thMost Cultured: 13thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13thLargest Governments: 14thNicest Citizens: 23rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 27thLeast Corrupt Governments: 43rdBest Weather: 116thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 167thMost Cheerful Citizens: 169thHealthiest Citizens: 207thSafest: 211thLowest Crime Rates: 251stMost Scientifically Advanced: 399thMost Secular: 554thLargest Populations: 955thMost Income Equality: 1,656thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,106thHighest Economic Output: 5,304thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,289thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 8,692ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,867thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,223rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,663rdNudest: 12,473rd
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Most Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, Thomas the Spank Engine is the most popular and controversial children's show in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, Coco the Clown has been elected to the nation's parliament.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, the police crack down on tax evaders without mercy.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, a government program is underway to revitalize Birchwater's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, crossbow bolts fill the skies if so much as a sparrow flies overhead.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game.
  • : Birchwater was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Birchwater was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.

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