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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,005th Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,655th Most Advanced Public Education: 1,946th
The Most Serene Republic of
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Barren Lands

Population9.56 billion



The Most Serene Republic of Barren Lands is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, parental licensing program, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 9.56 billion Barren Landsians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Winterpeg. The average income tax rate is 98.0%.

The all-consuming Barren Landsian economy, worth a remarkable 1,189 trillion Voices a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 124,464 Voices, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all, carbon-footprint restrictions are making businesses walk, videogames like 'Equalia: Knights of Self-Confidence' are proving inexplicably unpopular, and planes can be grounded for months simply because an inspector "didn't like the color". Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Barren Lands's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Barren Lands is ranked 10,739th in the world and 1st in The Snowy Peninsula for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 366.39 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 1,005thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,655thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 1,946thSafest: 2,032ndMost Inclusive: 2,100thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,331stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,919thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,146thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,302ndNicest Citizens: 3,539thNudest: 3,940thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,266thMost Cultured: 4,376thLargest Governments: 4,448thLowest Crime Rates: 4,587thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,617thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,646thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,758thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,023rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,390thHealthiest Citizens: 5,410thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,514thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,679thBest Weather: 6,958thMost Pacifist: 8,273rdTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 8,548thSmartest Citizens: 8,606thMost Developed: 8,765thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,409thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,739thHighest Economic Output: 11,950thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,680thMost Secular: 14,612th
Most Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the region

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