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The Black Forrest

Population38.883 billion


CurrencyGold Piece
AnimalWinged Lemur

The Kingdom of The Black Forrest is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, daily referendums, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 38.883 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 powerhouse Black Forrestian economy, worth a remarkable 7,850 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 amazing 201,903 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 238,814th in the world and 420th in Forest for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -20.2 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 190thMost Cheerful Citizens: 200thLargest Populations: 216thMost Advanced Public Transport: 257thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 559thHighest Average Tax Rates: 595thBest Weather: 604thMost Advanced Public Education: 681stMost Beautiful Environments: 699thLargest Governments: 783rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 786thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 808thHighest Economic Output: 815thLargest Welfare Programs: 824thNicest Citizens: 870thMost Influential: 929thLargest Publishing Industry: 991stSafest: 1,349thSmartest Citizens: 1,577thLowest Crime Rates: 1,621stHealthiest Citizens: 1,679thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,754thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,759thTop
Most Cultured: 3,079thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,145thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,321stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,611thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,842ndMost Pacifist: 4,843rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,733rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,868thHighest Average Incomes: 6,471stMost Devout: 6,571stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,504thMost Inclusive: 10,287thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,324thTop
Most Developed: 14,148thMost Stationary: 15,687thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,968thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,200th
Highest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionBest Weather: 21st in the regionSafest: 23rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 24th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 24th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 25th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Devout: 37th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 37th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 40th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Stationary: 44th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 46th in the region

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