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The Black Forrest

Population34.403 billion


CurrencyGold Piece
AnimalWinged Lemur

The Kingdom of The Black Forrest is a gargantuan, genial nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 34.403 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 very strong Black Forrestian economy, worth a remarkable 6,411 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 impressive 186,371 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 172,549th in the world and 374th in Forest for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 30.91 Workforce Participation Rate.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 203rdLargest Populations: 241stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 249thMost Advanced Public Transport: 428thHighest Average Tax Rates: 534thBest Weather: 557thMost Beautiful Environments: 626thLargest Governments: 645thNicest Citizens: 650thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 704thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 708thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 787thHighest Economic Output: 823rdMost Advanced Public Education: 926thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,020thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,106thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,116thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,333rdSmartest Citizens: 1,363rdSafest: 1,376thLowest Crime Rates: 1,444thHealthiest Citizens: 1,596thTop
Most Pacifist: 2,317thMost Influential: 2,550thMost Cultured: 3,111thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,311thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,378thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,462ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,430thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,985thMost Devout: 5,339thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,703rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,964thHighest Average Incomes: 6,908thTop
Most Inclusive: 8,971stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,276thMost Developed: 14,282ndNudest: 16,848thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,109th
Largest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionNicest Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 19th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionSafest: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 22nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 23rd in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 26th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Devout: 32nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 34th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 34th in the regionMost Influential: 34th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 37th in the region

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