by Max Barry

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The Great Congregation of Brethren

“In Sacred Peace”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific



Population4.84 billion

LeaderArchdolphop Snow Warslayer


The Great Congregation of Brethren is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Archdolphop Snow Warslayer with an even hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 4.84 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 Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thriwich. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Brethren economy, worth 625 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 extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. Average income is an impressive 129,228 tokens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Worried-looking neonatal nurses are being deployed in place of SWAT teams during dangerous drug busts, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, the official Brethren Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child, and drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking. 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 58,619th in the world and 726th in The East Pacific for Largest Populations, with 4.84 billion Capita.

Largest Welfare Programs: 547thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 725thMost Pacifist: 819thMost Compassionate Citizens: 840thMost Devout: 913thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 953rdNicest Citizens: 1,039thMost Inclusive: 1,233rdBest Weather: 1,239thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,403rdSafest: 1,616thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,187thLowest Crime Rates: 2,335thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,347thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,378thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,536thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,628thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,661stHealthiest Citizens: 3,126thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,270thLargest Governments: 3,926thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,231stHighest Poor Incomes: 7,969thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,986thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,670thMost Developed: 10,097thSmartest Citizens: 10,987thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 12,246thMost Influential: 12,522ndMost Income Equality: 13,016thMost Cultured: 14,137thHighest Average Incomes: 20,053rdMost Subsidized Industry: 20,949thMost Stationary: 23,572nd
Largest Welfare Programs: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 24th in the regionMost Devout: 27th in the regionNicest Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 32nd in the regionBest Weather: 39th in the regionMost Inclusive: 47th in the regionSafest: 54th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 67th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 67th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 74th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 80th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 88th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 90th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 106th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 114th in the regionLargest Governments: 116th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 132nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 252nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 256th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 278th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 290th in the regionMost Developed: 300th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 308th in the regionMost Cultured: 381st in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 452nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 499th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 606th in the regionMost Income Equality: 614th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 662nd in the regionMost Influential: 683rd in the regionLargest Populations: 726th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 781st in the region

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