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The Black Forrest

Population38.85 billion


CurrencyGold Piece
AnimalWinged Lemur

The Kingdom of The Black Forrest is a gargantuan, safe nation, renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism, parental licensing program, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 38.85 billion Black Forrestians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Omashu. The income tax rate is 100%.

The powerhouse Black Forrestian economy, worth a remarkable 7,836 trillion Gold Pieces a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 201,724 Gold Pieces, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The internet has been placed under government control, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent, and the installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Black Forrest's national animal is the Winged Lemur, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Black Forrest is ranked 254th in the world and 3rd in Forest for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 11,983.59 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 189thMost Cheerful Citizens: 199thLargest Populations: 216thMost Advanced Public Transport: 254thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 563rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 593rdBest Weather: 606thMost Advanced Public Education: 677thMost Beautiful Environments: 700thLargest Governments: 779thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 791stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 810thLargest Welfare Programs: 817thHighest Economic Output: 818thNicest Citizens: 864thMost Influential: 940thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,008thSafest: 1,350thSmartest Citizens: 1,577thLowest Crime Rates: 1,621stHealthiest Citizens: 1,673rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,746thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,748thTop
Most Cultured: 3,067thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,145thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,347thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,616thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,781stMost Pacifist: 4,818thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,735thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,898thHighest Average Incomes: 6,428thMost Devout: 6,589thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,858thMost Inclusive: 10,267thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,320thTop
Most Developed: 14,141stMost Stationary: 15,733rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,877thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,164th
Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionBest Weather: 21st in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionSafest: 23rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 35th in the regionMost Devout: 36th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 38th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 40th in the regionMost Stationary: 44th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 46th in the regionMost Cultured: 48th in the region

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