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Largest Welfare Programs: 631stMost Pacifist: 872ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 886th
The Great Congregation of
Democratic Socialists
In Sacred Peace
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Population3.174 billion

LeaderArchdolphop Snow Warslayer


The Great Congregation of Brethren is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Archdolphop Snow Warslayer with an even hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, lack of airports, and state-planned economy. The compassionate, devout population of 3.174 billion 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, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thriwich. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The powerhouse Brethren economy, worth 384 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 highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 121,150 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals, builders across Brethren are blocked up with orders for new public loos, with great power generation comes great responsibility, and standing on a chair to reach a top shelf is seen as evidence of narcissistic personality disorder. 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, and its national religion is Dolphinism.

Brethren is ranked 132,403rd in the world and 5,422nd in The East Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -73.82 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Welfare Programs: 631stMost Pacifist: 872ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 886thMost Devout: 966thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,019thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,039thNicest Citizens: 1,122ndMost Inclusive: 1,274thMost Influential: 1,425thBest Weather: 1,467thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,661stSafest: 1,907thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,493rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,498thLowest Crime Rates: 2,588thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,621stLongest Average Lifespans: 2,646thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,708thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,162ndHealthiest Citizens: 3,188thLargest Governments: 4,616thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,523rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,903rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,934thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,510thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 11,116thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,308thSmartest Citizens: 11,734thMost Cultured: 13,056thMost Income Equality: 16,714thMost Developed: 18,740th
Largest Welfare Programs: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24th in the regionMost Pacifist: 25th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Devout: 26th in the regionNicest Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 41st in the regionBest Weather: 45th in the regionMost Influential: 49th in the regionMost Inclusive: 54th in the regionSafest: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 64th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 67th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 71st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 76th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 80th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 84th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 100th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 104th in the regionLargest Governments: 123rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 174th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 207th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 209th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 284th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 287th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 315th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 332nd in the regionMost Cultured: 337th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 560th in the regionMost Stationary: 609th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 625th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 645th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 717th in the region

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