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Most Secular: 4,612thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,444thBest Weather: 5,475th
The Social Democratic Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
We shall rise higher then the Wren sits
Influence
Duckspeaker
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Central Birdland

Population5.332 billion

CapitalZaunkönigsberg
LeaderDemocratischer Rat

CurrencyBird
AnimalWren

The Social Democratic Republic of Central Birdland is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Democratischer Rat with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 5.332 billion Central Birdlandians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zaunkönigsberg. The average income tax rate is 86.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Central Birdlandian economy, worth 564 trillion Birds a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 105,893 Birds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It's been a banner year for local vexillology, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose, the contraband cigarette trade is lighting up across Central Birdland, and convicted murderers are free to walk the streets provided they attend rehabilitation classes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Central Birdland's national animal is the Wren, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Central Birdland is ranked 210,322nd in the world and 120th in New West Indies for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -169.37 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Secular: 4,612thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,444thBest Weather: 5,475thSafest: 6,296thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,403rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,799thMost Pacifist: 7,032ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,079thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,173rdMost Beautiful Environments: 7,221stMost Influential: 7,448thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,934thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,143rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,230thHealthiest Citizens: 8,268thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,458thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,579thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,623rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,317thNicest Citizens: 10,550thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,739thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 11,777thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,984thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,996thLowest Crime Rates: 13,068thMost Cultured: 13,827thLargest Governments: 14,210thMost Inclusive: 14,833rdMost Developed: 14,941stHighest Poor Incomes: 16,216thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,520th
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Most Secular: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13th in the region

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