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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 579thLowest Crime Rates: 1,818thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,998th
The Free State of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
If you can, Do It
Civil Rights
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Empire of Bentopia

Population10.818 billion



The Free State of Empire of Bentopia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Ben with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, avant-garde cinema, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.818 billion Bentopians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Blestlow. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Bentopian economy, worth a remarkable 1,682 trillion Bonds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 155,549 Bonds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Officer recruitment and police brutality have reached an all-time high, herbal teas are only consumed by hipsters who want to look marginal, the nation's government buildings are remarkable for being ugly concrete boxes, and couch potatoes are considered to be model citizens. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Empire of Bentopia's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Empire of Bentopia is ranked 4,881st in the world and 15th in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 93.79 on the Human Development Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 579thLowest Crime Rates: 1,818thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,998thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,151stBest Weather: 2,298thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,427thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,759thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,879thLargest Governments: 2,942ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,037thMost Influential: 3,424thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,772ndLongest Average Lifespans: 3,863rdMost Advanced Public Education: 4,234thHealthiest Citizens: 4,284thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,460thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,775thMost Developed: 4,881stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,136thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,518thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,955thSafest: 7,148thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,488thHighest Economic Output: 9,156thMost Efficient Economies: 9,398thSmartest Citizens: 10,035thTop
Most Cultured: 11,203rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,093rdHighest Average Incomes: 12,258thMost Secular: 12,366thMost Authoritarian: 13,395thMost Inclusive: 14,018th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 17th in the regionMost Income Equality: 20th in the regionSafest: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 22nd in the regionMost Extreme: 25th in the regionMost Influential: 26th in the region

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