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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 461st Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,816th Lowest Crime Rates: 1,823rd
The Free State of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
If you can, Do It
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Empire of Bentopia

Population8.483 billion



The Free State of Empire of Bentopia is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ben with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, state-planned economy, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 8.483 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 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Bentopian economy, worth a remarkable 1,304 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 153,758 Bonds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Colonial subjects have Bentopian culture shoved down their throats, ghost regiments exist only on paper, the government is buying children's books by the thousands, and a recent "genocide prevention" campaign includes murdering children based on their DNA. 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 42,733rd in the world and 85th in New Western Empire for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,887.24 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 461stTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,816thLowest Crime Rates: 1,823rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,256thBest Weather: 2,293rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,550thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,782ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,885thLargest Governments: 2,948thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,956thMost Influential: 2,984thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,111thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,829thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,920thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,023rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,251stMost Efficient Economies: 4,361stMost Advanced Public Education: 4,512thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,615thMost Developed: 4,649thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,529thSafest: 6,626thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,279thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,860thTop
Highest Economic Output: 10,064thSmartest Citizens: 10,803rdMost Secular: 10,916thMost Authoritarian: 10,959thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,552ndHighest Average Incomes: 11,805thMost Inclusive: 11,844thMost Cultured: 12,322nd
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 11th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost Extreme: 18th in the regionSafest: 20th in the region

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