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The Black Forrest

Population39.778 billion


CurrencyGold Piece
AnimalWinged Lemur

The Kingdom of The Black Forrest is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 39.778 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 8,067 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 202,821 Gold Pieces, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

EpiPen sales have skyrocketed, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent, the installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused, and commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all. Crime 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 202,636th in the world and 359th in Forest for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring zero on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 196thMost Cheerful Citizens: 209thLargest Populations: 214thMost Advanced Public Transport: 245thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 529thHighest Average Tax Rates: 603rdBest Weather: 625thMost Advanced Public Education: 664thMost Beautiful Environments: 710thMost Influential: 768thLargest Governments: 796thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 818thHighest Economic Output: 821stLargest Welfare Programs: 833rdNicest Citizens: 958thLargest Publishing Industry: 980thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,290thSafest: 1,396thSmartest Citizens: 1,598thLowest Crime Rates: 1,696thHealthiest Citizens: 1,765thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,851stMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,851stTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,118thMost Cultured: 3,126thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,302ndHighest Food Quality: 3,640thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,697thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,893rdMost Pacifist: 4,909thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,800thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,972ndHighest Average Incomes: 6,601stMost Devout: 6,744thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,396thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,586thMost Inclusive: 10,338thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 11,674thMost Developed: 13,251stMost Stationary: 14,489thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,878thMost Rebellious Youth: 20,540th
Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 19th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionBest Weather: 22nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 23rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 25th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 26th in the regionSafest: 27th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 27th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 31st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 32nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Devout: 37th in the regionMost Stationary: 41st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 43rd in the region

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