by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 892nd Largest Welfare Programs: 1,131st Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,239th
The Whispering Trees of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
Ed Abbey's head
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Forest Breeze

Population1.618 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 renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.618 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 95.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Forest Breezean economy, worth 259 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 160,636 carbon credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Angry men scowl at each other across chess boards, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed, and television executives are interested in turning Ed Abbey's head's zany home life into a sitcom. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, 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 5,560th in the world and 9th in Conifer for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 79.77 Workforce Participation Rate.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 892ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,131stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,239thRudest Citizens: 1,516thTop
Most Inclusive: 1,861stMost Rebellious Youth: 1,970thMost Politically Free: 2,155thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,725thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,986thNicest Citizens: 3,085thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,211thBest Weather: 3,332ndHighest Crime Rates: 3,485thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,678thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,020thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,435thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,523rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,787thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,831stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,010thMost Pacifist: 5,130thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,165thMost Developed: 5,288thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,359thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,560thLargest Governments: 5,626thHighest Drug Use: 5,807thMost Secular: 6,037thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,650thLargest Black Market: 6,925thSmartest Citizens: 6,981stMost Cultured: 7,104thNudest: 7,605thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 7,933rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,039thHighest Average Incomes: 10,411thMost Efficient Economies: 10,746thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,233rd
Most Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 5th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Forest Breeze was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, television executives are interested in turning Ed Abbey's head's zany home life into a sitcom.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, funerals are often rudely interrupted by juggling clowns shouting for volunteers from the audience.
  • : Forest Breeze lodged a message on the Conifer Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, angry men scowl at each other across chess boards.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, it's been a banner year for local vexillology.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : Forest Breeze lodged a message on the Conifer Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, priceless Maxtopian artwork can often be found in executive bathrooms.


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