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Largest Welfare Programs: 348thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 409thLeast Corrupt Governments: 634th
The Free Land of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Freedom above all
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Barevane

Population16.581 billion

LeaderGrand Poobah

CurrencyDecma
AnimalKalambit

The Free Land of Barevane is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Grand Poobah with an even hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, hatred of cheese, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 16.581 billion Baneites enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 99.0%.

The powerhouse Barevanean economy, worth a remarkable 2,351 trillion Decmas a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 141,807 Decmas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers, and if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Barevanean satellites can detect it. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Barevane's national animal is the Kalambit, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Barevane is ranked 240,998th in the world and 4th in Anticapitalist Alliance for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -30.35 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 348thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 409thLeast Corrupt Governments: 634thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 658thMost Pacifist: 827thMost Advanced Public Transport: 850thSafest: 1,035thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,252ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,355thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,495thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,511thNicest Citizens: 1,588thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,193rdTop
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Largest Governments: 2,483rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,560thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,797thMost Cultured: 3,080thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,175thMost Inclusive: 3,528thLowest Crime Rates: 3,854thHealthiest Citizens: 4,546thSmartest Citizens: 4,617thMost Stationary: 4,730thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,728thBest Weather: 6,153rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,328thHighest Economic Output: 6,672ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,138thMost Influential: 10,486thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 12,548thLargest Populations: 12,581stMost Income Equality: 14,728thHighest Average Incomes: 16,182ndMost Developed: 16,540thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,226thMost Secular: 20,331st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Barevane, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Barevanean satellites can detect it.
  • : Barevane lodged a message on the Anticapitalist Alliance Regional Message Board.
  • : Barevane lodged a message on the Anticapitalist Alliance Regional Message Board.
  • : Barevane was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead and the Top 10% for Most Zombified.
  • : Barevane was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Zombies.
  • : Following new legislation in Barevane, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers.
  • : Following new legislation in Barevane, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : Following new legislation in Barevane, the slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework.
  • : Following new legislation in Barevane, the government's stance on marriage is 'Let Baneites marry themselves'.
  • : Following new legislation in Barevane, editorials that criticize the government are legally obligated to display the "pants on fire" warning.

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