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The Open Cage of Birdkeeper

“A little bird told me...” Nidicolous

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific



Population8.013 billion

CapitalEagle Point


The Open Cage of Birdkeeper is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Nidicolous with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service, avant-garde cinema, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 8.013 billion Keepers are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Public Transport, Defense, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eagle Point. The average income tax rate is 33.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Keeper economy, worth 225 trillion Avians a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 28,173 Avians, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Foreign spirits are hard to find due to an abundance of "Cletus and Jim Bob's Homemade Keeper Moonshine", the nation is experiencing a severe shortage of sporting events, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance, and the sanitised and dull music festivals of Birdkeeper are famed for their reasonable volume levels. Crime is totally unknown. Birdkeeper's national animal is the Finch, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Birdkeeper is ranked 141,936th in the world and 5,835th in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 182.53 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 4,260thMost Influential: 6,993rdTop
Most Secular: 12,382ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,233rdMost Rebellious Youth: 18,557thMost Cultured: 19,710th
Least Corrupt Governments: 154th in the regionLargest Populations: 350th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 443rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 539th in the regionMost Cultured: 574th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 578th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 680th in the regionMost Influential: 683rd in the regionBest Weather: 761st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 835th in the region

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