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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 770thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,169thRudest Citizens: 1,185th
The Whispering Trees of
Civil Rights Lovefest Brave Progressives
Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.
Ed Abbey's head
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Forest Breeze

Population4.225 billion

CapitalSpruce Hollow
LeaderEd Abbey's head
FaithMachine Worship

Currencycarbon credit
Animalwhirligig beetle

The Whispering Trees of Forest Breeze is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ed Abbey's head with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, unlimited-speed roads, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.225 billion Forest Breezers hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spruce Hollow. The average income tax rate is 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Forest Breezer economy, worth 746 trillion carbon credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Soda Sales, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 176,644 carbon credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ed Abbey's head's speeches are beloved by insomniacs, the Forest Breezer Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, high school band practice is often crashed by technicolor-clad ravers, and the government has declared victoria over the cheese menace. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Forest Breeze's national animal is the whirligig beetle, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Machine Worship.

Forest Breeze is ranked 36,022nd in the world and 12th in New West Indies for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 5,163.73 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 770thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,169thRudest Citizens: 1,185thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,227thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,563rdMost Inclusive: 1,610thMost Politically Free: 2,220thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 2,384thHighest Drug Use: 2,456thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,827thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,904thNicest Citizens: 3,011thHighest Crime Rates: 3,094thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,518thBest Weather: 3,628thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,869thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,144thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,406thLargest Governments: 4,519thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,579thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,927thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,284thMost Cultured: 5,351stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,633rdSmartest Citizens: 5,755thMost Developed: 5,988thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,473rdMost Subsidized Industry: 6,618thMost Secular: 6,688thMost Pacifist: 6,935thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,218thLargest Black Market: 7,317thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,351stHighest Average Incomes: 8,905thMost Efficient Economies: 8,990thNudest: 9,659thTop
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Most Armed: 11,503rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,636thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,941st
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Extreme: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, the government has declared victoria over the cheese menace.
  • : Forest Breeze was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Free.
  • : Forest Breeze created a custom banner.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, high school band practice is often crashed by technicolor-clad ravers.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, the Forest Breezer Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, Ed Abbey's head's speeches are beloved by insomniacs.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, Brown Sugar 101 is a popular course at community colleges.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.
  • : Following new legislation in Forest Breeze, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits.

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