by Max Barry

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 12,755thMost Authoritarian: 15,855thMost Rebellious Youth: 24,296th
The Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
We exist in a perpetual state.
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Birch 115

Population3.001 billion


The Republic of Birch 115 is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ritual sacrifices, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 3.001 billion Birch 115ians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 46.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Birch 115ian economy, worth 78.8 trillion leaves a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Automobile Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 26,259 leaves, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Excessive gerrymandering has earned Birch 115 the nickname 'The Democratic Dictatorship', wealthy students ride to school past mendicant dropouts, the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Tree Dung" has been declared a national treasure, and exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles. Crime is almost non-existent, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Birch 115's national animal is the tree, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Birch 115 is ranked 183,115th in the world and 12,304th in the Rejected Realms for Most Patriotic, with 6.79 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Ignorant Citizens: 12,755thTop
Most Authoritarian: 15,855thMost Rebellious Youth: 24,296thMost Conservative: 25,190th
Most Rebellious Youth: 899th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,139th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1,306th in the region

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