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A Leaf on the Wind was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 431
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,659thMost Influential: 3,789thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,697th
The Watch how I Soar Nation of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Love keeps her in the air when she ought to fall down
Princess of Jomsborg
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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A Leaf on the Wind

Population11.445 billion

LeaderEphraim Barnes


The Watch how I Soar Nation of A Leaf on the Wind is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Ephraim Barnes with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 11.445 billion BrownCoats enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Serenity. The average income tax rate is 73.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Leaf on the Windian economy, worth 534 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 46,693 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A child's only Trickster Night scare is the sight of their parents dancing, the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy', 50% of adverts on children's television are for clothes made of cotton wool, and turning eighteen is often referred to as the 'Age of Aquarius'. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. A Leaf on the Wind's national animal is the Parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Mirandaism.

A Leaf on the Wind is ranked 110,370th in the world and 5,671st in Balder for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 1,053.13 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,659thTop
Most Influential: 3,789thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,697thMost Pacifist: 6,029thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,337thBest Weather: 6,548thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,995thSafest: 8,768thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,916thNicest Citizens: 10,927thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,245thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,984thMost Inclusive: 14,986thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 15,532ndHighest Food Quality: 15,554thHealthiest Citizens: 16,891stSmartest Citizens: 18,096thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,504thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,868thMost Income Equality: 20,996thMost Cultured: 21,027thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,481stLargest Welfare Programs: 26,647thHighest Average Tax Rates: 27,530thLowest Crime Rates: 28,599th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 29th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 186th in the regionMost Pacifist: 308th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 323rd in the regionBest Weather: 325th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 410th in the regionSafest: 460th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 513th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 521st in the regionMost Income Equality: 535th in the regionNicest Citizens: 572nd in the regionMost Stationary: 609th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 784th in the regionMost Inclusive: 788th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 846th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 857th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 923rd in the regionLargest Populations: 970th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 971st in the region

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