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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 863rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,867thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,008th
The Socialist Federation of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Boldly on Her Mighty Wings She Soars
Influence
Superpower
Mermaid Isle Puppet Master
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Barunia

Population16.635 billion

CapitalPorthaven
LeaderPrime Minister Bertram Lewis

CurrencyTilda
AnimalAlbatross

The Socialist Federation of Barunia is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Prime Minister Bertram Lewis with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 16.635 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, with Environment, Social Policy, and Healthcare also on the agenda. 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 1,783 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 107,198 Tildas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Primetime re-runs of The Black and White Minstrel Show are a critical hit, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes, forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies, and signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars. 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 193,094th in the world and 2nd in The Union of Red Nations for Most Pro-Market, scoring -87.62 on the Rand Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 863rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,867thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,008thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,024thTop
5%
Most Pacifist: 2,131stMost Advanced Public Education: 2,365thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,456thSafest: 2,607thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,664thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,664thNicest Citizens: 2,772ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,817thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,006thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,367thHealthiest Citizens: 4,324thBest Weather: 4,404thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,464thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,745thLargest Governments: 5,967thMost Cultured: 6,229thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,273rdLowest Crime Rates: 6,700thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,761stMost Devout: 7,738thHighest Economic Output: 8,637thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,883rdMost Inclusive: 8,951stMost Influential: 9,026thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,498thMost Income Equality: 9,756thLargest Populations: 10,177thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,449thSmartest Citizens: 12,747thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,046thMost Developed: 19,985th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Barunia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Barunia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Barunia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Barunia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in Barunia, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : Barunia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Barunia, forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies.
  • : Barunia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education and the Top 10% for Most Stationary.
  • : Barunia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Barunia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.

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