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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,373rdLargest Black Market: 11,865thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,605th
The Blue Holy Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
NationStates
Yodle
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Few

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Barber Wire

Population6.764 billion

CapitalYodle City
LeaderYodle
FaithYodlism

CurrencyGold Coin
AnimalZombie

The Blue Holy Republic of Barber Wire is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Yodle with an iron fist, and renowned for its fear of technology, avowedly heterosexual populace, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 6.764 billion Barberians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yodle City. The average income tax rate is 41.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Barber Wirean economy, worth 563 trillion Gold Coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Woodchip Exports, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 83,316 Gold Coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Students who refuse to pray are expelled from school, the nation is in perpetual campaign mode, a speech a day keeps climate change away, and reinventing the wheel is a favourite pastime of Barber Wirean weapons designers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Barber Wire's national animal is the Zombie, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Yodlism.

Barber Wire is ranked 181,303rd in the world and 58th in Disney World for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.88 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,373rdLargest Black Market: 11,865thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,605thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,802nd
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Barber Wire's influence in Disney World rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Barber Wire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Barber Wire, reinventing the wheel is a favourite pastime of Barber Wirean weapons designers.
  • : Following new legislation in Barber Wire, a speech a day keeps climate change away.
  • : Following new legislation in Barber Wire, the nation is in perpetual campaign mode.
  • : Following new legislation in Barber Wire, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.
  • : Following new legislation in Barber Wire, courses in how to boil water are popular for formerly microwave-reliant Barberians.
  • : Following new legislation in Barber Wire, police conduct weekly raids looking for contraband cheeseburgers.
  • : Following new legislation in Barber Wire, international tensions are high as Barber Wire threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Barber Wire, the Navy has outraged the international community by sinking a boatload of refugees to prevent them reaching the shore.

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