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Most Cheerful Citizens: 200th Largest Populations: 225th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 227th
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The Black Forrest

Population35.853 billion


CurrencyGold Piece
AnimalWinged Lemur

The Kingdom of The Black Forrest is a gargantuan, genial nation, notable for its public floggings, strictly enforced bedtime, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 35.853 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 thriving Black Forrestian economy, worth a remarkable 6,812 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 190,016 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 13,121st in the world and 89th in Forest for Most Developed, scoring 82.85 on the Human Development Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 200thLargest Populations: 225thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 227thMost Advanced Public Transport: 365thHighest Average Tax Rates: 569thBest Weather: 588thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 676thMost Beautiful Environments: 681stNicest Citizens: 701stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 712thLargest Governments: 717thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 770thHighest Economic Output: 801stMost Advanced Public Education: 848thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,021stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,048thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,093rdSafest: 1,374thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,423rdSmartest Citizens: 1,479thLowest Crime Rates: 1,536thHealthiest Citizens: 1,635thMost Influential: 1,665thTop
Most Pacifist: 2,306thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,007thMost Cultured: 3,046thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,130thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,185thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,970thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,020thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,434thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,451stMost Devout: 5,455thHighest Average Incomes: 6,654thTop
Most Inclusive: 8,878thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,837thMost Developed: 13,121stMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,355th
Largest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionNicest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 18th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 20th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 21st in the regionSafest: 22nd in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 25th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 26th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 31st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 32nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 32nd in the regionMost Devout: 33rd in the regionMost Cultured: 45th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 48th in the region

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