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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 851stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,845thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,909th
The Socialist Federation of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Boldly on Her Mighty Wings She Soars
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Barunia

Population18.326 billion

CapitalPorthaven
LeaderPrime Minister Bertram Lewis

CurrencyTilda
AnimalAlbatross

The Socialist Federation of Barunia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Bertram Lewis with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, national health service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 18.326 billion Barunians 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it prioritizes Education, although Environment, Social Policy, and Healthcare are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Porthaven. The average income tax rate is 97.2%.

The powerhouse Barunian economy, worth a remarkable 1,967 trillion Tildas a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Tourism industry. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 107,370 Tildas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Many friends and relatives of Prime Minister Bertram Lewis have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, and if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Barunian satellites can detect it. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Barunia's national animal is the Albatross, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Barunia is ranked 229,708th in the world and 194th in Atlantian Oceania for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.13 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 851stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,845thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,909thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,032ndMost Pacifist: 2,363rdTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,550thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,679thSafest: 2,723rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,943rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,025thNicest Citizens: 3,051stHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,062ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,337thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,842ndHealthiest Citizens: 4,664thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,908thBest Weather: 5,278thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,404thLargest Governments: 6,439thMost Cultured: 6,570thLowest Crime Rates: 7,423rdMost Beautiful Environments: 7,751stHighest Economic Output: 8,516thMost Devout: 8,551stMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,878thMost Income Equality: 9,825thMost Inclusive: 9,861stLargest Populations: 9,883rdMost Subsidized Industry: 10,377thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,451stTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,079thSmartest Citizens: 13,221stMost Rebellious Youth: 18,528thMost Developed: 21,012th
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionSafest: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Income Equality: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Barunia, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Barunian satellites can detect it.
  • : Following new legislation in Barunia, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training.
  • : Barunia's influence in Atlantian Oceania rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Barunia lodged a message on the Atlantian Oceania Regional Message Board.
  • : Barunia's influence in Atlantian Oceania rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in Barunia, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme.
  • : Following new legislation in Barunia, many friends and relatives of Prime Minister Bertram Lewis have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Barunia, commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains.
  • : Barunia's influence in Atlantian Oceania rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Barunia's influence in Atlantian Oceania rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".

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