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Most Beautiful Environments: 7th Most Rebellious Youth: 7th Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th
The People's Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Ars longa, vita brevis
Regional Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Fragile
Political Freedom
Superb

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The People's Republic of Birchwater is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its compulsory vegetarianism, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 28.517 billion Birchwaterians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Birchwater City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but sluggish Birchwaterian economy, worth a remarkable 4,129 trillion flugles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is an impressive 144,812 flugles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance", shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned, citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee, and listless juries are assembled for the simplest of court cases. Crime is totally unknown. Birchwater's national animal is the Black-capped Chickadee, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Birchwater is ranked 8,958th in the world and 21st in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Income Equality, scoring 85.83 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Beautiful Environments: 7thMost Rebellious Youth: 7thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9thLongest Average Lifespans: 11thSmartest Citizens: 11thMost Pacifist: 12thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12thLargest Governments: 14thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16thMost Cultured: 19thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25thNicest Citizens: 25thLeast Corrupt Governments: 42ndMost Inclusive: 89thBest Weather: 125thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 161stMost Cheerful Citizens: 178thSafest: 197thHealthiest Citizens: 247thLowest Crime Rates: 255thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 296thMost Advanced Public Education: 372ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 434thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 617thLargest Welfare Programs: 624thMost Scientifically Advanced: 650thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 824thLargest Populations: 880thMost Secular: 1,081stHighest Economic Output: 1,390thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,991stLargest Publishing Industry: 4,666thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,086thMost Influential: 5,750thTop
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Most Income Equality: 8,958thHighest Average Incomes: 12,354thNudest: 12,772nd
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, listless juries are assembled for the simplest of court cases.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance".
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, the nation leads Democratic Socialist Assembly for unlikely accidents and truffle consumption.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, online weather reports are predicting five years of glorious sunshine for Birchwater.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, edutainment video games are taking Birchwater's students to the next level.
  • : Birchwater was endorsed by The United Socialist States of Vulpan.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents.

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