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Lowest Crime Rates: 7,342ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,561stLargest Publishing Industry: 8,644th
The Great Northern Nation of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists
“Beldemark shall rule the North! Hail the Empire!”
William Hartford
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Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Empire of Beldemark

Population2.299 billion

CapitalFviserwinterland
LeaderWilliam Hartford
FaithDeusism

CurrencyMarlic
AnimalArctic Bear

The Great Northern Nation of Empire of Beldemark is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by William Hartford with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed population of 2.299 billion Beldemarkians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fviserwinterland. The average income tax rate is 80.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Beldemarkian economy, worth 303 trillion Marlics a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 132,153 Marlics, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Police are trained in using their steel-capped boots as a tool of law enforcement, there's often a little nagging voice suggesting that parents aren't keeping their kids safe, schoolboys trained in chivalry are encouraged to duel other boys for a maiden's hand, and reporters who negatively comment on politicians' haircuts are cut from the news. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Empire of Beldemark's national animal is the Arctic Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Deusism.

Empire of Beldemark is ranked 59,807th in the world and 674th in the Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 303 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 7,342ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,561stLargest Publishing Industry: 8,644thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,220thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,302ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,824thMost Developed: 10,768thMost Cultured: 10,886thMost Influential: 11,332ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,376thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,883rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,974thBest Weather: 11,986thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,225thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 12,320thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,473rdLargest Governments: 14,381stSmartest Citizens: 14,572ndHealthiest Citizens: 15,322ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,351stMost Secular: 15,372ndLargest Welfare Programs: 15,378thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,861stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,050thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,872ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,126thMost Efficient Economies: 17,557thHighest Average Incomes: 19,071stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19,146thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,291stMost Inclusive: 24,202nd
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Most Influential: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 48th in the regionTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 172nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 186th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 199th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 206th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 247th in the regionMost Cultured: 248th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 264th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 281st in the regionBest Weather: 295th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 303rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 312th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 320th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 322nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 336th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 339th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 350th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 363rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 372nd in the regionLargest Governments: 375th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 383rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 386th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 397th in the regionMost Secular: 403rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 410th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 414th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 417th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 472nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 478th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 538th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 552nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 564th in the region

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