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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 800thRudest Citizens: 1,135thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,203rd
The Whispering Trees of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
Ed Abbey's head
Influence
Superpower
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Corrupted

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Forest Breeze

Population3.741 billion

CapitalSpruce Hollow
LeaderEd Abbey's head
FaithMachine Worship

Currencycarbon credit
Animalwhirligig beetle

The Whispering Trees of Forest Breeze is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ed Abbey's head with a fair hand, and remarkable for its compulsory vegetarianism, state-planned economy, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.741 billion Forest Breezers hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spruce Hollow. The average income tax rate is 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Forest Breezer economy, worth 654 trillion carbon credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 174,997 carbon credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed, Ed Abbey's head can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees, farmers' market days almost always end in a shooting, and psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Forest Breeze's national animal is the whirligig beetle, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Machine Worship.

Forest Breeze is ranked 144,088th in the world and 5th in Evergreen Conifer for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -3.46 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 800thRudest Citizens: 1,135thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,203rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,217thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,581stMost Inclusive: 1,584thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 2,121stMost Politically Free: 2,232ndMost Beautiful Environments: 2,297thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,821stMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,962ndNicest Citizens: 3,078thHighest Crime Rates: 3,200thBest Weather: 3,282ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,637thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,790thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,252ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,280thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,447thLargest Governments: 4,562ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,248thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,293rdMost Cultured: 5,435thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,630thSmartest Citizens: 5,966thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,081stMost Developed: 6,101stMost Subsidized Industry: 6,366thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,380thMost Pacifist: 6,783rdMost Secular: 7,038thLargest Black Market: 7,292ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,685thNudest: 8,934thHighest Average Incomes: 9,046thMost Efficient Economies: 9,158thTop
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Most Armed: 10,875thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,263rdLongest Average Lifespans: 18,254th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Forest Breeze's influence in Evergreen Conifer rose from "Powerbroker" to "Superpower".
  • : Forest Breeze was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Free.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, farmers' market days almost always end in a shooting.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, Ed Abbey's head can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, the country is rumored to be a Brancalandian puppet state.
  • : Forest Breeze's influence in Evergreen Conifer rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Forest Breeze was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Forest Breeze lodged a message on the Evergreen Conifer Regional Message Board.

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