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The Whispering Trees of Murmuria

“The Earth was Paradise before Humans”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Forest

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Murmuria

Population21.884 billion

FaithThe Call of the Wild

CurrencyAcorn
AnimalOwl

The Whispering Trees of Murmuria is a gargantuan, orderly nation, remarkable for its feral children, frequent executions, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 21.884 billion Murmurians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Spirituality, and Education. The average income tax rate is 29.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Murmurian economy, worth 835 trillion Acorns a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 38,164 Acorns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Citizen radio operators agree that the certification test can open up a world of hertz, unwary hikers climbing the bluffs of Mount Murmuria City make great practice for foreign snipers, it's best to decline if Leader offers to buy a round of drinks, and monks aren't the only ones who take vows of silence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Murmuria's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Call of the Wild.

Murmuria is ranked 174,749th in the world and 172nd in Forest for Fattest Citizens, with 9.17 Obesity Rate.

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Most Primitive: 2,328thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,818thMost Devout: 5,262ndLargest Populations: 6,102ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,397thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,594thMost Influential: 7,250thLargest Black Market: 7,505thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 11,992ndMost Authoritarian: 17,867thLargest Welfare Programs: 21,451stMost Pacifist: 22,054thHighest Economic Output: 22,828thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,706th
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Largest Populations: 14th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 23rd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29th in the regionLargest Black Market: 31st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 32nd in the regionMost Primitive: 32nd in the regionMost Devout: 37th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 39th in the regionMost Conservative: 47th in the region

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