by Max Barry

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The Republic of
New York Times Democracy
Forever mighty, forever strong!
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Superb

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Berhart

Population99 million

Currencyhulder
Animalbrown bear

The Republic of Berhart is a large, socially progressive nation, notable for its prohibition of alcohol, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 99 million Berhartians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 55.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Berhartish economy, worth 5.60 trillion hulders a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 56,552 hulders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy, evenings at university debating societies often end with everyone acknowledging both sides may well be right, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, and favourite sermons have replaced campfire horror stories on teenage wilderness trips. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Berhart's national animal is the brown bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Berhart is ranked 40,787th in the world and 96th in Thaecia for Most Extensive Public Healthcare, scoring 2,111.03 on the Theresa-Nightingale Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, favourite sermons have replaced campfire horror stories on teenage wilderness trips.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, evenings at university debating societies often end with everyone acknowledging both sides may well be right.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, panicking criminals no longer flush contraband down the toilet.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, museums have more touchscreens on display than artifacts.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, Berhart City's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, cosmopolitan citizens ask what their countries can do for them.
  • : Following new legislation in Berhart, skateboarding is considered a form of diplomacy.

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