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The People's Republic of Birchwater

“Ars longa, vita brevis”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Imploded
Political Freedoms:
Excessive

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Osiris

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The People's Republic of Birchwater is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, intelligent population of 23.326 billion Birchwaterians 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, liberal, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, the Environment, and Social Equality. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Birchwater City. The average income tax rate is 100%. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

Skateparks can be found in every city, Birchwater's educational system is the envy of many and regarded as a pinnacle of academic achievement, almost half of the child population live rough on the streets, and military funding has been stripped back. Crime is totally unknown. Birchwater's national animal is the Black-capped Chickadee, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the flugle.

Birchwater is ranked 3,357th in Osiris and 119,947th in the world for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -36 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 4 days ago

  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, military funding has been stripped back.
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, almost half of the child population live rough on the streets.
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, Birchwater's educational system is the envy of many and regarded as a pinnacle of academic achievement.
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, skateparks can be found in every city.
  • 3 days 21 hours ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, crime is on the rise as DNA sampling has been all but outlawed.
  • 12 days ago: Birchwater was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Largest Public Sector.
  • 13 days ago: Birchwater was ranked in the Top 1% of the region for Safest.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, it is a crime to offend someone's religious beliefs.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, 'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, children are sent to either religious or secular schools.

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