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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,586thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,928thRudest Citizens: 3,747th
The Trees of
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The clearest way into the Universe is through Forest.
John Muir's head
Influence
Newcomer
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Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Widely Abused

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Green Bower

Population2.248 billion

CapitalTreefort
LeaderJohn Muir's head
FaithSecular Humanism

Currencychloroplast
Animallittle fuzzy critter

The Trees of Green Bower is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by John Muir's head with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, soft-spoken computers, and feral children. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 2.248 billion Green Bowers 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, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Treefort. The average income tax rate is 89.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming a Green Bower economy, worth 275 trillion chloroplasts 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, Soda Sales, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. 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 122,525 chloroplasts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs, diplomats are always trying to convince other nations to adopt l33t speak, school lockers are filled with fancy underwear, and fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Green Bower's national animal is the little fuzzy critter, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Secular Humanism.

Green Bower is ranked 171,858th in the world and 341st in Forest for Most Avoided, scoring 0.5 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,586thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,928thRudest Citizens: 3,747thMost Inclusive: 3,895thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,963rdLargest Welfare Programs: 4,050thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,322ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,546thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,951stNicest Citizens: 5,976thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,592ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,643rdNudest: 7,260thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,485thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,583rdMost Politically Free: 8,753rdBest Weather: 9,067thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 9,278thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,097thMost Cultured: 11,196thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,316thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,541stLargest Governments: 11,640thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,741stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,124thSmartest Citizens: 12,213thHighest Crime Rates: 12,641stLargest Black Market: 12,755thMost Secular: 13,838thHighest Drug Use: 14,525thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,031stLargest Publishing Industry: 15,779thMost Pacifist: 16,530th
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 14th in the regionMost Politically Free: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21st in the regionNudest: 22nd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 27th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 40th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 43rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Green Bower's influence in Forest rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in Green Bower, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home.
  • : Following new legislation in Green Bower, school lockers are filled with fancy underwear.
  • : Following new legislation in Green Bower, diplomats are always trying to convince other nations to adopt l33t speak.
  • : Green Bower's influence in Forest rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Green Bower's influence in Forest rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Green Bower relocated from New West Indies to Forest.
  • : Following new legislation in Green Bower, court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Green Bower, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Following new legislation in Green Bower, the "feminist protest" defence is increasingly common for cases of armed robbery.

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