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Largest Agricultural Sector: 574th Most Armed: 3,026th Most Primitive: 4,140th
The Federal Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
To the glory of Bantan!
Fei Long
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population2.561 billion

CapitalMei Fong
LeaderFei Long


The Federal Republic of Bantan is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Fei Long with an even hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, fear of technology, and state-planned economy. The compassionate, humorless population of 2.561 billion Bantonians 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 Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mei Fong. The average income tax rate is 67.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Bantanian economy, worth 240 trillion yen 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, quite specialized black market in Beef-Based Agriculture, Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. 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 94,041 yen, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game, crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist, and beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bantan's national animal is the horse, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Shamanism.

Bantan is ranked 159,029th in the world and 6,661st in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 59 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 574thTop
Most Armed: 3,026thMost Primitive: 4,140thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,152ndMost Influential: 4,907thLargest Black Market: 8,201stTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 8,747thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,054thMost Inclusive: 10,401stBest Weather: 11,420thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,795thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,777thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,544thMost Developed: 13,623rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,699thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,315thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,488thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,902ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,214th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 15th in the regionMost Armed: 63rd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 127th in the regionMost Primitive: 161st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 201st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 329th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 340th in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 366th in the regionBest Weather: 367th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 391st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 405th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 406th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 419th in the regionMost Developed: 420th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 426th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 435th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 470th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 473rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 478th in the regionMost Influential: 483rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 521st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 614th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 659th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bantan was endorsed by The Federal Republic of West Carlisten.
  • : Bantan was endorsed by The People's Republic of Malonereich.
  • : Bantan lost the endorsement of The All Inclusive Love and Pride of Jehenna.
  • : Bantan voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings.
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, in musicals everybody's a little bit racist.
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing.
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, badminton was recently banned due to 'unacceptable violence' inherent to the game.
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, the police motto is "to protect and not to serve".
  • : Bantan endorsed The Weebs of Wehraboos.