by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,947th Most Compassionate Citizens: 3,298th Nicest Citizens: 3,665th
The Rogue Nation of
Democratic Socialists
In Sacred Peace
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population805 million



The Rogue Nation of Brethren is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its teetotalling pirates, ban on automobiles, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, devout population of 805 million Brethren are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thriwich. The average income tax rate is 86.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Brethren economy, worth 46.0 trillion tokens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 57,118 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sex changes are routinely performed at Brethren's hospitals, a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway, one of the most popular models in Brethren has a scarred face and one working eye, and fireworks and other big bangs are forbidden during the newest public holiday. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Brethren's national animal is the Seagull, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Brethren is ranked 3,298th in the world and 100th in The East Pacific for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 82.48 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,947thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,298thNicest Citizens: 3,665thMost Influential: 3,721stMost Devout: 4,056thMost Pacifist: 4,401stMost Inclusive: 6,781stBest Weather: 6,834thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,077thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,437thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 9,288thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,054thHealthiest Citizens: 10,209thLowest Crime Rates: 10,923rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,678thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,972ndLongest Average Lifespans: 12,410thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,605thMost Primitive: 12,667thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,548th
Most Devout: 89th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 100th in the regionNicest Citizens: 105th in the regionMost Pacifist: 134th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 167th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 174th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 195th in the regionBest Weather: 203rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 204th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 212th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 282nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 286th in the regionMost Influential: 289th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 289th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 290th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 291st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 331st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 334th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 351st in the regionLargest Governments: 419th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 421st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 425th in the regionMost Cultured: 470th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 501st in the regionSafest: 522nd in the regionMost Primitive: 524th in the region

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