Most Rebellious Youth: 7th Longest Average Lifespans: 8th Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th
The People's Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Ars longa, vita brevis
Regional Influence
Newcomer
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Superb

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The People's Republic of Birchwater is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 26.505 billion Birchwaterians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

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 1,648 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 62,178 flugles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town, the arms industry has been shut down in a surge of pacifism, any citizen who cries is immediately assigned a psychiatrist, and students memorise knock-knock jokes for their mandatory twice-a-term Comedy Examinations. 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 34th in the world and 3rd in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Least Corrupt Governments, with 98.94 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 7thLongest Average Lifespans: 8thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8thMost Beautiful Environments: 9thMost Inclusive: 10thSmartest Citizens: 10thMost Pacifist: 10thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11thMost Cultured: 13thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13thLargest Governments: 16thNicest Citizens: 24thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25thLeast Corrupt Governments: 34thBest Weather: 107thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 157thMost Cheerful Citizens: 165thHealthiest Citizens: 208thSafest: 216thLowest Crime Rates: 259thMost Scientifically Advanced: 396thLargest Populations: 964thMost Income Equality: 1,422ndTop
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Most Secular: 2,646thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,959thHighest Economic Output: 5,198thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,059thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,932ndLargest Welfare Programs: 8,935thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,719thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,817th
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Most 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 regionBest Weather: 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 regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, students memorise knock-knock jokes for their mandatory twice-a-term Comedy Examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, any citizen who cries is immediately assigned a psychiatrist.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, the arms industry has been shut down in a surge of pacifism.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town.
  • : Birchwater's influence in Democratic Socialist Assembly rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Birchwater was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, eminent domain has been abolished.
  • : Birchwater's influence in Democratic Socialist Assembly rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".

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