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Largest Welfare Programs: 628thMost Pacifist: 864thMost Compassionate Citizens: 908th
The Great Congregation of
Democratic Socialists
In Sacred Peace
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population3.406 billion

LeaderArchdolphop Snow Warslayer


The Great Congregation of Brethren is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Archdolphop Snow Warslayer with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, devout population of 3.406 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 Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thriwich. The average income tax rate is 97.5%.

The powerhouse Brethren economy, worth 406 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 highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 119,433 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals, builders across Brethren are blocked up with orders for new public loos, with great power generation comes great responsibility, and standing on a chair to reach a top shelf is seen as evidence of narcissistic personality disorder. 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 218,572nd in the world and 8,934th in The East Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 4.65 Insults Per Minute.

Largest Welfare Programs: 628thMost Pacifist: 864thMost Compassionate Citizens: 908thMost Devout: 969thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,004thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,011thNicest Citizens: 1,133rdMost Inclusive: 1,329thBest Weather: 1,389thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,565thMost Influential: 1,789thSafest: 1,908thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,455thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,520thLowest Crime Rates: 2,585thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,645thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,711thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,712thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,025thHealthiest Citizens: 3,200thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,616thLargest Governments: 4,657thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,524thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,150thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,886thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,351stTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 11,344thSmartest Citizens: 11,753rdLargest Publishing Industry: 11,894thMost Cultured: 13,135thMost Income Equality: 16,104thMost Developed: 19,357th
Largest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24th in the regionMost Pacifist: 24th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Devout: 26th in the regionNicest Citizens: 32nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 35th in the regionBest Weather: 45th in the regionSafest: 54th in the regionMost Inclusive: 55th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 64th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 68th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 70th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 79th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 80th in the regionMost Influential: 81st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 84th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 102nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 102nd in the regionLargest Governments: 121st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 176th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 221st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 221st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 282nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 286th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 308th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 333rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 338th in the regionMost Cultured: 339th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 571st in the regionMost Stationary: 576th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 612th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 642nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 776th in the regionLargest Populations: 864th in the region

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