by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 2,755thMost Authoritarian: 5,878thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,790th
The Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
We exist in a perpetual state.
Civil Rights
Basket Case
Political Freedom

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Birch 179

Population2.703 billion


The Republic of Birch 179 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its compulsory military service, ban on automobiles, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.703 billion Birch 179ians 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, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 48.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Birch 179ian economy, worth 30.8 trillion leaves a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Trout Farming. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 11,406 leaves, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, bleach is the nation's most common pesticide, Leader has just been declared ruler of Birch 179 in an international press conference, and Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Birch 179's new capital. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Birch 179's national animal is the tree, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Birch 179 is ranked 53,021st in the world and 2,202nd in the Rejected Realms for Most Patriotic, with 18.68 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Income Equality: 2,755thMost Authoritarian: 5,878thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,790thMost Ignorant Citizens: 7,182ndTop
Most Primitive: 20,249thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,526thMost Extreme: 27,270th
Most Income Equality: 232nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 255th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 510th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 558th in the regionMost Extreme: 735th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 844th in the regionTop
Most Primitive: 1,658th in the region

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