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The Great Congregation of Brethren

“In Sacred Peace”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific



Population1.213 billion



The Great Congregation of Brethren is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its lack of airports, ban on automobiles, and prohibition of alcohol. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 1.213 billion Brethren are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government 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 90.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Brethren economy, worth 98.6 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 Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 81,267 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, the seventh son of a seventh son is fated to be a millionaire, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers, and prisoners can't do number twos without their "toilet buddy" present. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a 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 48,543rd in the world and 1,051st in The East Pacific for Most Stationary, with 211.43515634808 Days.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,917thMost Devout: 2,418thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,488thMost Pacifist: 2,522ndMost Influential: 2,578thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,755thNicest Citizens: 2,814thMost Inclusive: 4,576thBest Weather: 4,988thSafest: 5,616thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,172ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,289thHealthiest Citizens: 7,463rdTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,877thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,899thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,929thLowest Crime Rates: 8,238thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,251stMost Beautiful Environments: 9,696thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,820thMost Primitive: 10,728thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,129thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,365thLargest Governments: 13,060th
Most Devout: 51st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 58th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 75th in the regionMost Pacifist: 78th in the regionNicest Citizens: 83rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 141st in the regionBest Weather: 144th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 146th in the regionSafest: 149th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 152nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 159th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 176th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 178th in the regionMost Influential: 185th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 200th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 203rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 224th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 247th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 254th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 267th in the regionLargest Governments: 308th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 315th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 321st in the regionNudest: 375th in the regionMost Cultured: 413th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 430th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 464th in the regionMost Primitive: 524th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 527th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 562nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 569th in the region

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