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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,238thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,828thMost Devout: 2,098th
The Holy Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Peace through Strength
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Belhorizon

Population13.612 billion

CapitalPalmiersVille
LeaderEmperor Tony Bedran
FaithCult of the Emperor

CurrencyBelhorizonian Dollar
AnimalEagle

The Holy Empire of Belhorizon is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Tony Bedran with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, prohibition of alcohol, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.612 billion Belhorizonians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Spirituality, Welfare, and Industry also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of PalmiersVille. The average income tax rate is 95.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Belhorizonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,844 trillion Belhorizonian Dollars 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 black market in Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. 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 an impressive 135,501 Belhorizonian Dollars, with the richest citizens earning 9.8 times as much as the poorest.

Blind dates tend to result in bruised shins, the hills are alive with the smell of burning flesh, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings", and parents often leave their kids in the car while they attend mindfulness meditation sessions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Belhorizon's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Cult of the Emperor.

Belhorizon is ranked 21,201st in the world and 10th in The Commonwealth of Crowns for Best Weather, with 151 Meters Of Sunlight.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,238thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,828thMost Devout: 2,098thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,400thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,790thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,242ndLargest Black Market: 6,195thLargest Governments: 6,354thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,449thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,754thLowest Crime Rates: 8,130thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,991stHighest Economic Output: 9,166thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,390thMost Conservative: 11,139thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,226thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,415thMost Authoritarian: 12,147thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,918thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,003rdMost Developed: 15,795thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,207thHealthiest Citizens: 17,157thHighest Average Incomes: 18,034thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,344thMost Efficient Economies: 18,584thLargest Populations: 19,706thBest Weather: 21,201stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,347thMost Beautiful Environments: 22,096th
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Most Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Belhorizon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Belhorizon's influence in The Commonwealth of Crowns rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Belhorizon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Belhorizon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Belhorizon, parents often leave their kids in the car while they attend mindfulness meditation sessions.
  • : Following new legislation in Belhorizon, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings".
  • : Following new legislation in Belhorizon, the hills are alive with the smell of burning flesh.
  • : Following new legislation in Belhorizon, blind dates tend to result in bruised shins.
  • : Following new legislation in Belhorizon, water fights now end with thousands dead.
  • : Belhorizon was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.

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