by Max Barry

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Most Rebellious Youth: 24,590th
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
We exist in a perpetual state.
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Birch 196

Population2.699 billion


The Republic of Birch 196 is a massive, pleasant nation, remarkable for its enslaved workforce, state-planned economy, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed population of 2.699 billion Birch 196ians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 46.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Birch 196ian economy, worth 70.5 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 black market in Cheese Exports, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Pizza Delivery, and Furniture Restoration. 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 26,102 leaves, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Internet moderators work overtime to remove memes comparing Leader to cartoon bears, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, the government is known to care more about its buildings than its people, and the government decides its policies by observing the flight of birds. Crime is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Birch 196's national animal is the tree.

Birch 196 is ranked 162,154th in the world and 11,340th in the Rejected Realms for Most Patriotic, with 7.28 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Rebellious Youth: 24,590th
Most Rebellious Youth: 906th in the region

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