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Most Influential: 2,252ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,741stBest Weather: 7,668th
The Watch how I Soar Nation of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Love keeps her in the air when she ought to fall down
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Political Freedom

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A Leaf on the Wind

Population6.738 billion

LeaderEphraim Barnes


The Watch how I Soar Nation of A Leaf on the Wind is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Ephraim Barnes with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, avant-garde cinema, and frequent executions. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.738 billion BrownCoats 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Serenity. The average income tax rate is 72.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Leaf on the Windian economy, worth 236 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 35,108 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect, a referendum must be held in order for any new law to be passed, military officials are questioning the policy of ceding the nation's territory in exchange for promises not to invade it, and lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. A Leaf on the Wind's national animal is the Parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Mirandaism.

A Leaf on the Wind is ranked 10,219th in the world and 248th in the Rejected Realms for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1,598.03 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Most Influential: 2,252ndTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 4,741stBest Weather: 7,668thSafest: 7,732ndMost Pacifist: 7,801stMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,143rdMost Beautiful Environments: 10,219thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,449thTop
Nicest Citizens: 12,539thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,774thMost Inclusive: 16,341stHealthiest Citizens: 16,467thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,986thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,070thMost Income Equality: 19,355thMost Cultured: 22,291stSmartest Citizens: 22,397thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,907th
Most Influential: 5th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 96th in the regionMost Pacifist: 162nd in the regionSafest: 172nd in the regionBest Weather: 182nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 204th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 214th in the regionNicest Citizens: 229th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 248th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 291st in the regionMost Inclusive: 302nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 333rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 336th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 407th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 429th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 475th in the regionMost Stationary: 480th in the regionMost Income Equality: 494th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 539th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 633rd in the region

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