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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 635th Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,119th Most Pacifist: 2,212th
The Great Congregation of
Democratic Socialists
In Sacred Peace
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population1.391 billion



The Great Congregation of Brethren is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its teetotalling pirates, museums and concert halls, and prohibition of alcohol. The compassionate, devout population of 1.391 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, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thriwich. The average income tax rate is 92.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Brethren economy, worth 109 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 quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture and Tourism. Average income is 78,772 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Genocide is seen as a topic best avoided in history lessons, government buildings are being cleansed of anything that might have racist connotations, nudity is frowned upon, and referenda can be called for any law at the request of at least one third of the voting population. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Brethren's national animal is the Seagull, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Dolphinism.

Brethren is ranked 143,541st in the world and 6,200th in The East Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 8.08 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 635thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,119thMost Pacifist: 2,212thMost Devout: 2,218thMost Influential: 2,224thNicest Citizens: 2,468thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,059thBest Weather: 3,352ndMost Inclusive: 4,095thSafest: 5,095thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,891stHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,225thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,277thHealthiest Citizens: 6,485thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,575thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,784thLowest Crime Rates: 7,107thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,112thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,120thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,113thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 10,416thLargest Governments: 10,703rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,784thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,756thMost Cultured: 15,117th
Most Devout: 44th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 52nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 65th in the regionNicest Citizens: 72nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 73rd in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 76th in the regionBest Weather: 100th in the regionMost Inclusive: 136th in the regionSafest: 137th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 144th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 150th in the regionMost Influential: 155th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 161st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 178th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 181st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 182nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 185th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 200th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 224th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 233rd in the regionLargest Governments: 268th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 286th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 338th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 387th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 408th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 413th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 444th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 493rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 526th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 581st in the region

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