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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 685th Largest Publishing Industry: 2,396th Least Corrupt Governments: 2,641st
The Branching Astral Boughs of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Roast Boar, Warm Bread, Mulled Wine
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Purveyor of Mulled Wines
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Yuletide Yggdrasil

Population1.176 billion

CapitalAshen Tree House
LeaderOdin Yule-Father
FaithChristmas Worship

Currencypassport
AnimalYule Goat

The Branching Astral Boughs of Yuletide Yggdrasil is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Odin Yule-Father with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 1.176 billion Forest-dwellers love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ashen Tree House. The average income tax rate is 71.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sylvan economy, worth 162 trillion passports a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 138,096 passports, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Only clowns with PhDs from clown college can advise Odin Yule-Father on Yuletide Yggdrasil's coulrophobia epidemic, practising saying 'how now brown cow' is an essential part of holiday planning, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order, and imitation is the sincerest form of felony. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Yuletide Yggdrasil's national animal is the Yule Goat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christmas Worship.

Yuletide Yggdrasil is ranked 153,609th in the world and 76th in Christmas for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -85.08 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,396thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,641stNicest Citizens: 3,924thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,020thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,477thMost Pacifist: 5,836thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,180thMost Developed: 6,646thMost Cultured: 6,889thBest Weather: 7,020thMost Inclusive: 7,221stLargest Welfare Programs: 7,330thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,524thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,616thMost Secular: 7,643rdSmartest Citizens: 7,968thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,084thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,430thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 8,636thSafest: 8,869thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,238thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,782ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,939thMost Efficient Economies: 11,437thMost Politically Free: 12,513thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,729thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,415thLowest Crime Rates: 15,620thHighest Average Incomes: 15,621stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,735thLargest Governments: 16,617th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, imitation is the sincerest form of felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, practising saying 'how now brown cow' is an essential part of holiday planning.
  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, only clowns with PhDs from clown college can advise Odin Yule-Father on Yuletide Yggdrasil's coulrophobia epidemic.
  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume.
  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, the new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare".
  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, most citizens in Yuletide Yggdrasil are abject pyrophobes after extremely graphic pamphlets were mailed nationwide by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, airplane passengers have been known to stuff pillows in their jackets to get extra arm room.
  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, the nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks.
  • : Following new legislation in Yuletide Yggdrasil, helping grandma with her Misgendering 101 homework is a national rite of passage.

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