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Most Cheerful Citizens: 199thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 212thLargest Populations: 220th
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The Black Forrest

Population37.492 billion


CurrencyGold Piece
AnimalWinged Lemur

The Kingdom of The Black Forrest is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its public floggings, daily referendums, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 37.492 billion Black Forrestians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Omashu. The income tax rate is 100%.

The thriving Black Forrestian economy, worth a remarkable 7,335 trillion Gold Pieces a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 195,643 Gold Pieces, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The internet has been placed under government control, EpiPen sales have skyrocketed, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent, and the installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Black Forrest's national animal is the Winged Lemur, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Black Forrest is ranked 201,595th in the world and 387th in Forest for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -18.46 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 199thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 212thLargest Populations: 220thMost Advanced Public Transport: 313thHighest Average Tax Rates: 573rdBest Weather: 600thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 641stMost Beautiful Environments: 704thLargest Governments: 736thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 741stNicest Citizens: 764thMost Advanced Public Education: 773rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 796thHighest Economic Output: 835thLargest Welfare Programs: 919thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,037thMost Influential: 1,279thSafest: 1,354thSmartest Citizens: 1,534thLowest Crime Rates: 1,570thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,602ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,679thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,754thTop
Most Cultured: 3,031stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,054thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,200thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,600thMost Pacifist: 4,505thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,992ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,508thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,876thMost Devout: 5,908thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,983rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,737thMost Inclusive: 9,443rdTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 10,794thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,041stMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,406thMost Developed: 17,220thMost Stationary: 17,281st
Largest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 13th in the regionNicest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 23rd in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionSafest: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 24th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 25th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 27th in the regionMost Devout: 33rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 35th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 37th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 42nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 45th in the region

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