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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,157thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,607thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,309th
The People's Democratic Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
By The Government For The People
Mr Leader
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Outer Bele Levy Epies

Population5.653 billion

CapitalNew Bele Levy City
LeaderMr Leader
FaithVioletism

Currencydenier
Animaleagle

The People's Democratic Republic of Outer Bele Levy Epies is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Mr Leader with an iron fist, and remarkable for its digital currency, free-roaming dinosaurs, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.653 billion Outer Bele Levy Epiesians 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Bele Levy City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 52.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Outer Bele Levy Epiesian economy, worth 771 trillion deniers 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 large, well-organized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Tourism. 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 an impressive 136,495 deniers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 409,487 per year while the poor average 35,538, a ratio of 11.5 to 1.

Teachers are dying as they attempt to read 500 word essays without pausing for breath, a positive pregnancy test doubles as a visa, marine biology students are shocked to discover that a whale is a mammal, and school lunches are made with hypo-allergenic wood pulp. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Outer Bele Levy Epies's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Violetism.

Outer Bele Levy Epies is ranked 31,977th in the world and 231st in Forest for Best Weather, with 130 Meters Of Sunlight.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,157thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,607thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,309thLargest Black Market: 6,498thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,068thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,506thHealthiest Citizens: 11,701stTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 12,557thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,355thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,634thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,095thHighest Average Incomes: 17,718thLowest Crime Rates: 18,224thMost Influential: 19,033rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 19,849thMost Inclusive: 24,043rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 24,362nd
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21st in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 35th in the regionLargest Black Market: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 44th in the region

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