by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 3,262ndNudest: 4,037thMost Authoritarian: 5,290th
The Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
A million mile from home
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Rare

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Birch 241

Population2.649 billion

Currencyleaf
Animaltree

The Republic of Birch 241 is a massive, safe nation, notable for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and enforced nudity. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.649 billion Birch 241ians 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, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 43.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Birch 241ian economy, worth 23.8 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 Trout Farming, Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. 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 8,968 leaves, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's ambassadors often conduct their business in jail cells, shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned, weekly religious services often resemble campaign rallies, and the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Birch 241's national animal is the tree, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Birch 241 is ranked 87,011th in the world and 5,016th in the Rejected Realms for Most Patriotic, with 14.65 flags saluted per person per day.

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Most Income Equality: 3,262ndNudest: 4,037thMost Authoritarian: 5,290thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,588thMost Conservative: 10,347thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 24,284thMost Extreme: 25,802nd
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Nudest: 235th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 244th in the regionMost Income Equality: 265th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 464th in the regionMost Extreme: 615th in the regionMost Conservative: 754th in the region

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