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Most Politically Free: 632nd Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 667th Most Pro-Market: 667th
The Queen's State of
Anarchy Post-Revolution Embryonic Society
Almost Missed the Boat
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Bertram Bernard

Population17.267 billion


The Queen's State of Bertram Bernard is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, renowned for its absence of drug laws, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-working, democratic population of 17.267 billion Bertram Bernardians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, with Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Social Policy are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.5%.

The very strong Bertram Bernardian economy, worth 892 trillion betales a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Pizza Delivery, and Retail. Average income is 51,668 betales, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 500,956 per year while the poor average 257, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

The latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, voting is voluntary, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, and all tariffs have been abolished. Crime is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Bertram Bernard's national animal is the deer, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Bertram Bernard is ranked 68,170th in the world and 1st in Kinshasa for Most Developed, scoring 54.84 on the Human Development Index.

Most Politically Free: 632ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 667thMost Pro-Market: 667thMost Extreme: 1,587thMost Stationary: 1,624thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,827thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4,884thHighest Crime Rates: 4,936thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,457thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,512thLargest Populations: 7,319thMost Armed: 8,074thTop
Nudest: 8,782ndRudest Citizens: 8,857thFattest Citizens: 9,686thLargest Gambling Industry: 11,742ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,226thMost Avoided: 13,696thHighest Economic Output: 16,349th

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