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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:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Osiris

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The People's Republic of Birchwater is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its hatred of cheese, museums and concert halls, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 23.585 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.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken 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 588 trillion flugles a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 24,954 flugles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Long arduous trials are held for the most trivial of offences, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries, artists are pillars of society, and houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries. 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 141st in Osiris and 2,192nd in the world for Most Devout, scoring 143 on the Paradise-Perdition Likelihood Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 7 days ago

  • 108 minutes ago: Birchwater was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • 2 hours ago: Birchwater was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Devout.
  • 4 days ago: Birchwater was ranked #1 in the region for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • 7 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries.
  • 7 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, artists are pillars of society.
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries.
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, long arduous trials are held for the most trivial of offences.
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest growing field.
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, administrative districts are increasingly defined by their taste in housing architecture.
  • 10 days ago: Following new legislation in Birchwater, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government.

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