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Nudest: 540thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,769thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,793rd
The Quiet Tranquility of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Communists
Believe in yourself god damnit!!
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Ambassador
Civil Rights
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Powerhouse
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Thousand Branches

Population2.319 billion

CapitalAshas
LeaderMadam Victoria Raymond
FaithUnishiss

CurrencyPeti
AnimalBumblebee

The Quiet Tranquility of Thousand Branches is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Madam Victoria Raymond with an even hand, and renowned for its enforced nudity, hatred of cheese, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 2.319 billion Branchians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ashas. The average income tax rate is 77.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Thousand Branchesian economy, worth 157 trillion Petis 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 68,117 Petis, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

'A is for Annulment' is a popular children's song, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits, the Violetist community celebrates bombshells being dropped on Thousand Branches, and a child's only Trickster Night scare is the sight of their parents dancing. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Thousand Branches's national animal is the Bumblebee, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Unishiss.

Thousand Branches is ranked 231,662nd in the world and 369th in The Order of the Grey Wardens for Least Corrupt Governments, with 86.4 percentage of bribes refused.

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Nudest: 540thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,769thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,793rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,338thMost Influential: 3,351stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,092ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,423rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,794thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,023rdMost Rebellious Youth: 9,638thMost Primitive: 9,788thMost Pacifist: 10,012thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,019thNicest Citizens: 10,693rdBest Weather: 11,480thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,770thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 13,171stMost Inclusive: 13,419thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,487thMost Devout: 16,896thHighest Food Quality: 18,018thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,146thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,024thLargest Black Market: 24,416th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 12th in the regionMost Primitive: 12th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Pacifist: 19th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 22nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 22nd in the regionMost Devout: 26th in the regionMost Inclusive: 27th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 28th in the regionLargest Black Market: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 35th in the regionMost Average: 35th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 37th in the region

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