Most Rebellious Youth: 6th Most Beautiful Environments: 8th Smartest Citizens: 9th
The People's Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Ars longa, vita brevis
Regional Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Fragile
Political Freedom
Superb

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The People's Republic of Birchwater is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory vegetarianism. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 27.941 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 3,641 trillion flugles a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 130,329 flugles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways, a performance of the hit musical "Mamma Tua" has been delayed after squatters were found sleeping in the orchestra pit, and 50% of adverts on children's television are for clothes made of cotton wool. 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 160,871st in the world and 222nd in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -23.88 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 6thMost Beautiful Environments: 8thSmartest Citizens: 9thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10thMost Pacifist: 11thLongest Average Lifespans: 12thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13thLargest Governments: 15thMost Cultured: 15thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16thNicest Citizens: 25thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 26thLeast Corrupt Governments: 38thMost Inclusive: 44thBest Weather: 114thMost Cheerful Citizens: 176thSafest: 185thHealthiest Citizens: 229thLowest Crime Rates: 239thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 402ndMost Advanced Public Education: 531stMost Scientifically Advanced: 568thMost Advanced Public Transport: 699thMost Secular: 777thLargest Populations: 906thLargest Welfare Programs: 908thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,067thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,210thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 1,657thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,827thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,141stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,455thMost Income Equality: 6,857thTop
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Most Influential: 8,285thNudest: 10,682ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,848th
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
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Safest: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 10th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionMost Income Equality: 19th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, 50% of adverts on children's television are for clothes made of cotton wool.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, a performance of the hit musical "Mamma Tua" has been delayed after squatters were found sleeping in the orchestra pit.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters.
  • : Birchwater was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, fruit pickers with degrees in Black-capped Chickadee psychology are a common sight.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, Leader is described as an everyday person with normal tastes and the usual interests.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, voting is voluntary.
  • : Following new legislation in Birchwater, burning twigs to keep warm while lost in the wild is now a felony.

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