by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 509thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 717thMost Pacifist: 785th
The Great Congregation of
Democratic Socialists
In Sacred Peace
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.372 billion

LeaderArchdolphop Snow Warslayer


The Great Congregation of Brethren is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Archdolphop Snow Warslayer with an even hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, state-planned economy, and lack of airports. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 4.372 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, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thriwich. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Brethren economy, worth 557 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 127,590 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity, young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts, the mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas, and the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Brethren radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity. 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 180,592nd in the world and 3,469th in The East Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 49.4 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Welfare Programs: 509thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 717thMost Pacifist: 785thMost Compassionate Citizens: 793rdMost Devout: 886thNicest Citizens: 993rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,001stBest Weather: 1,168thMost Inclusive: 1,201stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,364thSafest: 1,670thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,126thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,232ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,340thLowest Crime Rates: 2,340thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,485thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,568thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,608thHealthiest Citizens: 3,049thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,467thLargest Governments: 3,867thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,213thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,069thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,503rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,572ndMost Developed: 9,580thSmartest Citizens: 11,132ndTop
Most Influential: 12,290thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,699thMost Cultured: 14,363rdMost Subsidized Industry: 20,282ndHighest Average Incomes: 20,543rdMost Income Equality: 23,059th
Largest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Pacifist: 22nd in the regionMost Devout: 23rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 33rd in the regionBest Weather: 35th in the regionMost Inclusive: 44th in the regionSafest: 55th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 59th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 67th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 68th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 72nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 80th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 81st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 82nd in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 103rd in the regionLargest Governments: 110th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 120th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 128th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 268th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 272nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 281st in the regionMost Developed: 294th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 300th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 359th in the regionMost Cultured: 379th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 484th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 529th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 609th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 670th in the regionMost Influential: 707th in the regionLargest Populations: 790th in the region

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