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Largest Welfare Programs: 527thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 716thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 901st
The Great Congregation of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
In Sacred Peace
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Brethren

Population5.847 billion

CapitalThriwich
LeaderArchdolphop Snow Warslayer
FaithDolphinism

Currencytoken
AnimalSeagull

The Great Congregation of Brethren is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Archdolphop Snow Warslayer with an even hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 5.847 billion Brethren enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thriwich. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Brethren economy, worth 757 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 significant contributions from Tourism. Average income is an impressive 129,569 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Refugees from other nations are flocking to Brethren's border, the strong are acquitted and the weak are trampled in trial by a Seagull, atheistic refugees haven't got a prayer of being granted asylum, and diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm. 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 237,804th in the world and 8,879th in The East Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 4.5 insults per minute.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 527thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 716thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 901stMost Pacifist: 901stMost Compassionate Citizens: 940thMost Devout: 948thNicest Citizens: 1,152ndBest Weather: 1,300thMost Inclusive: 1,308thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,432ndSafest: 1,687thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,323rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2,430thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,430thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,611thHighest Food Quality: 2,624thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,705thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,766thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,772ndHealthiest Citizens: 3,285thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,459thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,541stLargest Governments: 4,019thMost Influential: 4,187thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,723rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,405thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,837thMost Developed: 9,255thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,447thSmartest Citizens: 10,738thTop
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Most Income Equality: 13,222ndLargest Publishing Industry: 13,308thMost Cultured: 13,773rdHighest Average Incomes: 20,128thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,416thMost Stationary: 20,559th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21st in the regionMost Devout: 23rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 27th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30th in the regionNicest Citizens: 32nd in the regionBest Weather: 40th in the regionMost Inclusive: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 59th in the regionSafest: 60th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 67th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 70th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 81st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 87th in the regionTop
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Highest Food Quality: 89th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 90th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 107th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 107th in the regionLargest Governments: 112th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 124th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 145th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 224th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 231st in the regionMost Developed: 284th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 313th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 316th in the regionMost Influential: 322nd in the regionMost Stationary: 360th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 362nd in the regionMost Cultured: 373rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 383rd in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 478th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 511th in the regionMost Patriotic: 582nd in the regionLargest Populations: 631st in the regionMost Income Equality: 659th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 672nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 707th in the region

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