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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 500thLargest Welfare Programs: 774thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 824th
The Great Congregation of
Democratic Socialists
In Sacred Peace
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population11.201 billion

LeaderArchdolphop Snow Warslayer


The Great Congregation of Brethren is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Archdolphop Snow Warslayer with an even hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 11.201 billion Brethren are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thriwich. The average income tax rate is 98.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Brethren economy, worth a remarkable 1,565 trillion tokens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. Average income is an impressive 139,745 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments, the World Great Congregation Games have been won again by Brethren as no other country cares enough to compete, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school, and sex changes are routinely performed at Brethren's hospitals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Brethren's national animal is the Seagull, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Dolphinism.

Brethren is ranked 8,268th in the world and 174th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 56.53 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 500thLargest Welfare Programs: 774thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 824thMost Devout: 1,037thMost Pacifist: 1,063rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,194thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,279thBest Weather: 1,401stNicest Citizens: 1,406thMost Inclusive: 1,711thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,728thSafest: 1,742ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,386thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,422ndMost Beautiful Environments: 2,435thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,436thLowest Crime Rates: 2,524thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,628thMost Influential: 2,766thTop
Highest Food Quality: 2,977thHealthiest Citizens: 3,153rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,229thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,246thLargest Governments: 3,918thMost Developed: 5,319thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,486thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,268thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,178thSmartest Citizens: 9,733rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,311thMost Stationary: 13,865thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,992ndTop
Most Income Equality: 15,657thMost Cultured: 16,071stHighest Economic Output: 17,163rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 21,436thHighest Average Incomes: 26,647th
Largest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 20th in the regionMost Pacifist: 22nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 28th in the regionNicest Citizens: 32nd in the regionBest Weather: 34th in the regionSafest: 46th in the regionMost Inclusive: 46th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 51st in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 57th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 59th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 62nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 63rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 77th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 83rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 85th in the regionLargest Governments: 86th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 88th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 104th in the regionMost Influential: 131st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 134th in the regionMost Developed: 135th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 174th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 192nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 205th in the regionMost Stationary: 223rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 239th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 254th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 300th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 341st in the regionMost Cultured: 373rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 450th in the regionLargest Populations: 460th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 494th in the region

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