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Population5.27 billion

LeaderWesley Torensson


The Craggy Hills of Belmoren is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Wesley Torensson with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.27 billion Belmorenites enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ardmore. The average income tax rate is 82.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Belmorenian economy, worth 375 trillion kroner a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 71,203 kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's a bright dawn ahead for Belmoren, Wesley Torensson's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site, it's been a banner year for local vexillology, and the government has solemnly sworn not to look up other nations' internet browsing history if the favor is returned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Belmoren's national animal is the Potoo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is None.

Belmoren is ranked 19,621st in the world and 351st in Europe for Most Developed, scoring 83.17 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 1,472ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,574thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,193rdTop
Most Secular: 4,091stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,414thMost Pacifist: 5,818thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,469thBest Weather: 6,602ndSafest: 7,821stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,842ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,136thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,449thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,090thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,262ndNicest Citizens: 9,355thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,403rdMost Inclusive: 11,272ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,890thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 12,852ndLongest Average Lifespans: 13,201stHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,861stHealthiest Citizens: 16,115thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,497thMost Cultured: 19,325thMost Developed: 19,621stSmartest Citizens: 20,806thLowest Crime Rates: 20,908th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 58th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 59th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 90th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 92nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 113th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 114th in the region

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