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The Black Forrest

Population37.88 billion


CurrencyGold Piece
AnimalWinged Lemur

The Kingdom of The Black Forrest is a gargantuan, genial nation, notable for its smutty television, parental licensing program, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 37.88 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 7,524 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 198,629 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 218,419th in the world and 421st in Forest for Rudest Citizens, with 5.59 Insults Per Minute.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 200thMost Cheerful Citizens: 201stLargest Populations: 219thMost Advanced Public Transport: 287thHighest Average Tax Rates: 581stBest Weather: 585thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 588thMost Beautiful Environments: 689thMost Advanced Public Education: 726thLargest Governments: 742ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 758thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 787thNicest Citizens: 793rdHighest Economic Output: 817thLargest Welfare Programs: 866thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,009thMost Influential: 1,155thSafest: 1,323rdSmartest Citizens: 1,554thLowest Crime Rates: 1,575thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,621stHealthiest Citizens: 1,668thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,731stTop
Most Cultured: 3,034thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,118thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,213thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,479thMost Pacifist: 4,518thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,667thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,486thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,886thMost Devout: 6,178thHighest Average Incomes: 6,383rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,597thMost Inclusive: 9,624thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 10,968thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,224thMost Developed: 16,339thMost Stationary: 16,763rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,816th
Largest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 18th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 22nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionSafest: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 27th in the regionMost Devout: 35th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 36th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 38th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 38th in the region

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