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Most Advanced Public Transport: 705th Highest Average Tax Rates: 764th Most Subsidized Industry: 781st
The Buddhist Socialist Republic of
Democratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens
Long live the three treasures of Buddhism.
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Byakuren

Population12.186 billion

CapitalTahara
LeaderByakuren Hijiri
FaithPure Land Buddhism

CurrencyJapanese Yen
AnimalGolden Eagle

The Buddhist Socialist Republic of Byakuren is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Byakuren Hijiri with an even hand, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, infamous sell-swords, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 12.186 billion Byakurenites are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tahara. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Byakurenite economy, worth a remarkable 2,524 trillion Japanese Yen a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 207,168 Japanese Yen, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure, military spending is on the increase, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days, and retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Byakuren's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Pure Land Buddhism.

Byakuren is ranked 12,065th in the world and 1,318th in The North Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 2,937 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 705thHighest Average Tax Rates: 764thMost Subsidized Industry: 781stLargest Welfare Programs: 811thMost Cheerful Citizens: 854thSafest: 890thLargest Governments: 970thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,024thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,251stHealthiest Citizens: 1,255thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,279thMost Cultured: 1,300thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,313thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1,667thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,864thLowest Crime Rates: 1,906thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,081stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,098thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,119thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,338thMost Developed: 2,348thMost Inclusive: 2,656thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,852ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,348thMost Devout: 4,143rdHighest Economic Output: 4,429thSmartest Citizens: 4,479thNicest Citizens: 4,919thMost Stationary: 5,002ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,140thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,596thBest Weather: 5,878thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 7,871stMost Influential: 12,065thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,731stLargest Publishing Industry: 13,633rdMost Income Equality: 14,046thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,589th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 22nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 29th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 31st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 35th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 35th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 38th in the regionLargest Governments: 41st in the regionSafest: 47th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 47th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 54th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 56th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 61st in the regionMost Cultured: 61st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 79th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 89th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 91st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 92nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 93rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 105th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 117th in the regionMost Stationary: 122nd in the regionMost Developed: 129th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 137th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 159th in the regionMost Devout: 163rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 169th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 227th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 242nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 272nd in the regionLargest Populations: 298th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 304th in the regionBest Weather: 316th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 429th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 673rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 681st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 713th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Byakuren was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Byakuren, retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites.
  • : Following new legislation in Byakuren, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days.
  • : Following new legislation in Byakuren, military spending is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in Byakuren, the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure.
  • : Following new legislation in Byakuren, there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees.
  • : Following new legislation in Byakuren, Tahara is a police state during international summits.
  • : Following new legislation in Byakuren, interest in globalism never flags.
  • : Following new legislation in Byakuren, the government loves seeing the little people fight.
  • : Following new legislation in Byakuren, a crusade against barbaric religious practices has begun.

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