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The People's Republic of Birchwater

“Ars longa, vita brevis”

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

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Yggdrasil

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The People's Republic of Birchwater is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its strong anti-business policies. The compassionate, intelligent population of 22.52 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, 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.

Motorists' locations are constantly tracked by intelligence and law enforcement agencies, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news, and most people suffer from some form of hearing loss. 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 352nd in Yggdrasil and 112,173rd in the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -55 on the Hayek Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 10 days ago

  • 1 day 16 hours ago: Birchwater was ranked #1 in the region for Most Cultured.
  • 3 days 16 hours ago: Birchwater was ranked #1 in the region for Happiest Citizens.
  • 5 days ago: Birchwater was ranked #1 in the region for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • 6 days ago: Birchwater was ranked #1 in the region for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • 7 days ago: Birchwater was ranked #1 in the region for Best Weather.
  • 8 days ago: Birchwater was ranked #1 in the region for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, most people suffer from some form of hearing loss.
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news.
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews.
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, motorists' locations are constantly tracked by intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

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