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The United Kingdom of Briven

“Aonaichte Mar Aon” King Ęthelward II

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Aelstun

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Briven

Population3.016 billion

CapitalCalidun
LeaderKing Ęthelward II
Faiththe Royal Church of Briven

CurrencyPound
AnimalLion

The United Kingdom of Briven is a massive, genial nation, ruled by King Ęthelward II with an even hand, and notable for its national health service, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 3.016 billion Briveners 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Healthcare, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Calidun. The average income tax rate is 66.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Brivenish economy, worth 521 trillion Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 172,908 Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Jokes told in elementary school often come back to haunt politicians, any secret that gets off someone's chest is promptly replaced, public urination is on the increase, and scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Briven's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Royal Church of Briven.

Briven is ranked 17,305th in the world and 3rd in Aelstun for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 286.62 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 5,472ndMost Patriotic: 5,698thHealthiest Citizens: 6,600thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,652ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,050thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,465thHighest Food Quality: 7,807thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,370thNicest Citizens: 8,372ndMost Cultured: 8,437thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,680thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,004thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,154thMost Inclusive: 9,192ndLargest Retail Industry: 9,773rdMost Developed: 10,510thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,533rdMost Influential: 10,581stHighest Average Incomes: 11,022ndLowest Crime Rates: 11,470thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,660thSmartest Citizens: 12,353rdTop
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Largest Governments: 15,143rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,267thMost Secular: 16,397thMost Efficient Economies: 16,934thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,305thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,716thMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,670thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,690thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,877thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 22,298thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22,885thBest Weather: 22,894thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 25,270thMost Beautiful Environments: 26,022nd
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 6th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Briven was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in Briven, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Briven was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Briven's influence in Aelstun fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Briven's influence in Aelstun rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Briven voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Contact rights between Parent and Child"".
  • : Following new legislation in Briven, public urination is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in Briven, any secret that gets off someone's chest is promptly replaced.
  • : Following new legislation in Briven, jokes told in elementary school often come back to haunt politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Briven, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Briven.

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 4 » Knowmare, Ciphage, Greater military rule, and All Glory to God.

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