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The Watch how I Soar Nation of A Leaf on the Wind

“Love keeps her in the air when she ought to fall down”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Fair
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: the Rejected Realms

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A Leaf on the Wind

Population6.483 billion

CapitalSerenity
LeaderEphraim Barnes
FaithMirandaism

CurrencyCredits
AnimalParrot

The Watch how I Soar Nation of A Leaf on the Wind is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Ephraim Barnes with a fair hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.483 billion BrownCoats love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Serenity. The average income tax rate is 72.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Leaf on the Windian economy, worth 227 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 35,108 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect, a referendum must be held in order for any new law to be passed, military officials are questioning the policy of ceding the nation's territory in exchange for promises not to invade it, and lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. A Leaf on the Wind's national animal is the Parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Mirandaism.

A Leaf on the Wind is ranked 40,531st in the world and 1,220th in the Rejected Realms for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 4,003.11 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Influential: 1,687thTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 4,696thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,631stBest Weather: 7,226thMost Pacifist: 7,700thSafest: 7,736thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,721stMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,285thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,279thNicest Citizens: 12,404thMost Inclusive: 16,204thHealthiest Citizens: 16,307thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,105thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,424thMost Income Equality: 19,243rdMost Cultured: 22,134thSmartest Citizens: 22,376thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,776th
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 96th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 159th in the regionMost Pacifist: 160th in the regionSafest: 172nd in the regionBest Weather: 175th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 215th in the regionNicest Citizens: 233rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 245th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 293rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 306th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 328th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 361st in the regionMost Income Equality: 423rd in the regionMost Cultured: 429th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 451st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 483rd in the regionMost Stationary: 493rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 540th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 609th in the region

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