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Most Influential: 2,495thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,847thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,721st
The Federal Republic of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
An unjust law is no law at all
Supreme Leader Al Maktum Ronald McDonald
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Betelguesa

Population1.573 billion

CapitalLiberty City
LeaderSupreme Leader Al Maktum Ronald McDonald
FaithHinduism

CurrencyRupee
AnimalHydra

The Federal Republic of Betelguesa is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Supreme Leader Al Maktum Ronald McDonald with an iron fist, and notable for its daily referendums, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.573 billion Betelguesans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Liberty City. The average income tax rate is 56.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Betelguesan economy, worth 288 trillion Rupees a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 183,284 Rupees, with the richest citizens earning 5.2 times as much as the poorest.

The parliament building has installed a revolving door, companies are turning to trained Hydras for their most menial jobs, an opal a day keeps the negative thoughts at bay, and political parties are banned from advertising and receiving private donations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Betelguesa's national animal is the Hydra, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Hinduism.

Betelguesa is ranked 186,524th in the world and 1,064th in Europeia for Least Corrupt Governments, with 88.3 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Most Influential: 2,495thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,847thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,721stHealthiest Citizens: 6,068thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,104thMost Developed: 7,825thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,971stMost Efficient Economies: 8,014thHighest Average Incomes: 8,015thLowest Crime Rates: 9,020thSmartest Citizens: 9,302ndMost Secular: 9,367thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,740thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 10,581stHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,830thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,892ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,159thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,132ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,814thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,826thLargest Governments: 14,848thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,316thBest Weather: 15,755thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,404thLargest Retail Industry: 16,934thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,089thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,393rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,734th
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 51st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 51st in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 66th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 68th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 68th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 69th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 79th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 82nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 85th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 87th in the regionMost Secular: 94th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 94th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 99th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 111th in the regionMost Developed: 112th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 114th in the regionMost Average: 115th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 118th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Betelguesa, political parties are banned from advertising and receiving private donations.
  • : Betelguesa was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Betelguesa, an opal a day keeps the negative thoughts at bay.
  • : Following new legislation in Betelguesa, companies are turning to trained Hydras for their most menial jobs.
  • : Following new legislation in Betelguesa, the parliament building has installed a revolving door.
  • : Following new legislation in Betelguesa, government bureaucrats spend six hours per day justifying a six-hour workday.
  • : Following new legislation in Betelguesa, the national security service are a bunch of crooks.
  • : Following new legislation in Betelguesa, the newest shade developed by Betelguesa's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange'.
  • : Following new legislation in Betelguesa, school kids who pretend to drive imaginary cars get a social worker and a police observer assigned to them.
  • : Following new legislation in Betelguesa, 100-year-old politicians are now a thing of the past.

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