by Max Barry

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Population16.209 billion

CapitalBelistien City
LeaderYuri Serbinaski IV

AnimalDread Hawk

The Borderlands of Belistien is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Yuri Serbinaski IV with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The quiet, industrious population of 16.209 billion Belistienians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Belistien City. The average income tax rate is 92.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Belistienian economy, worth a remarkable 1,570 trillion Beliens a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 96,883 Beliens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Workers can choose whether they prefer offices that smell of pungent body odor or whale vomit, executions are marked by quiet dignity and maybe a final round or two of whist, there is an abondance of ackawi and zartschmelzend in every Belistienian grocery store, and the government raises tariffs on a weekly basis. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Belistien's national animal is the Dread Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Belistien is ranked 201,252nd in the world and 2,015th in 10000 Islands for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -9.47 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Populations: 10,627thLargest Governments: 11,094thHealthiest Citizens: 12,184thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,338thLowest Crime Rates: 14,615thSmartest Citizens: 15,825thMost Efficient Economies: 19,720th
Most Stationary: 29th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 51st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 62nd in the regionMost Influential: 66th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 70th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 71st in the regionBest Weather: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 76th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 81st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 91st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 91st in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 114th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 114th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 119th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 125th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 130th in the regionMost Cultured: 132nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 133rd in the regionLargest Governments: 149th in the regionMost Developed: 151st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 152nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 197th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 200th in the region

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