by Max Barry

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The Principality of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
All Hail the Holy Bean
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Weak
Political Freedom
Rare

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Barton on the Beans

Population881 million

CapitalBarton on the Beans

CurrencyBeanards
AnimalBartonian Eagle

The Principality of Barton on the Beans is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 881 million Barton on the Beansians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Barton on the Beans. The average income tax rate is 71.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Barton on the Beansian economy, worth 26.7 trillion Beanards a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Book Publishing, Woodchip Exports, Furniture Restoration, and Pizza Delivery. 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 30,362 Beanards, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The judicial branch is strongly influenced by the Communist Party, homophobia is off the menu, the nightly news reports prosaically on the government blindly throwing money at despotic kidnappers, and would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here". Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Barton on the Beans's national animal is the Bartonian Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Barton on the Beans is ranked 138,491st in the world and 23rd in Auralia for Rudest Citizens, with 25.9 Insults Per Minute.

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