by Max Barry

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Most Authoritarian: 3,071stMost Stationary: 8,749thMost Conservative: 11,174th
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Northern Bentley

Population11.224 billion


The State of Northern Bentley is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 11.224 billion Northern Bentleyians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 69.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant Northern Bentleyian economy, worth 189 trillion betales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Furniture Restoration, Cheese Exports, Retail, and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 16,921 betales, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elections have been outlawed, military spending is on the increase, the nation's official head of religious affairs is an atheist, and phone taps are frequently carried out by the police. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northern Bentley's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Northern Bentley is ranked 140,575th in the world and 1st in Washington District of Columbia for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 185.09 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Authoritarian: 3,071stMost Stationary: 8,749thMost Conservative: 11,174thMost Income Equality: 11,935thTop
Most Extreme: 16,602ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 19,643rd

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