by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,070thMost Influential: 2,262ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,301st
The Enchanted Forest of
Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.21 billion

CapitalFoxglove Hill
LeaderThe Woodland Council

Animalspotted tree vole

The Enchanted Forest of Araine is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Woodland Council with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.21 billion Araineans 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 enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Foxglove Hill. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Arainean economy, worth 507 trillion acorns a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 120,437 acorns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, the mining industry has taken a hit from tighter environmental regulations, and the country is rumored to be a Brancalandian puppet state. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Araine's national animal is the spotted tree vole, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Agnosticism.

Araine is ranked 249,694th in the world and 336th in Refugia for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.27 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Influential: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionSafest: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionBest Weather: 16th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionMost Stationary: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 18th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionMost Pacifist: 20th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 21st in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 22nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 22nd in the regionNudest: 22nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 23rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 24th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 24th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 25th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 25th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 25th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 26th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 28th in the regionLargest Governments: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 37th in the regionMost Politically Free: 41st in the region

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