by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 9,067th
The Republic of
Moralistic Democracy
Everyone feels grief when cherry blossoms scatter.
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Below Average

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The Cherry Blossoms of the Watershed

Population985 million

Currencypetals
Animalspotted deer

The Republic of The Cherry Blossoms of the Watershed is a huge, safe nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, zero percent divorce rate, and compulsory military service. The quiet, industrious population of 985 million Cherry Blossoms of the Watershedians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 23.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Cherry Blossoms of the Watershedian economy, worth 35.9 trillion petals a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Cheese Exports, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 36,459 petals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield, town welcome signs list corporate sponsors, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors, and the contraband cigarette trade is lighting up across The Cherry Blossoms of the Watershed. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Cherry Blossoms of the Watershed's national animal is the spotted deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

The Cherry Blossoms of the Watershed is ranked 142,074th in the world and 2,364th in The City of Ba Sing Se for Largest Governments, scoring 10.05 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

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