The People's Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Ars longa, vita brevis
Regional Influence
Auxiliary
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Imploded
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The People's Republic of Birchwater is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism, state-planned economy, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 25.838 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 large but stagnant Birchwaterian economy, worth 654 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 25,344 flugles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

An increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets, all major public areas are watched by police surveillance cameras, and bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms. 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 1st in LSI and 17th in the world for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,596 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, all major public areas are watched by police surveillance cameras.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, fewer people are bathing as citizens must show ration stamps before they can turn on their faucets.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, midnight pizza breaks are common among the work-from-home population.
  • : Birchwater was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, female newsreaders distract the nation by breastfeeding during broadcast.
  • : Birchwater's influence in LSI rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, political satirists and late night comedians weep as the government begins cleaning up its act.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates.

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