by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 11th Largest Information Technology Sector: 18th Most Subsidized Industry: 18th
The Endless Khaganate of
Father Knows Best State
Dies irę, dies illa; Solvet sęclum in favilla
Influence
Contender
Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Endless Khaganate of Basementees is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ošinnshrafn Khagan Numerian II Drake with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, keen interest in outer space, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.721 billion Thu'uls are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Novus Damascus. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient K't Hu'ul economy, worth a remarkable 8,420 trillion Runcibles 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 a breathtaking 613,677 Runcibles, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,886,142 per year while the poor average 154,352, a ratio of 12.2 to 1.

Imprisonment is the leading cause of disownment, books are so highly regarded in Basementees that libraries are often revered as holy shrines, the Foreign Ministry thinks an eye for an eye is a blindingly good idea, and Thu'uls refer to transgender people with insults instead of pronouns. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Basementees's national animal is the Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Nahuatl.

Basementees is ranked 146,618th in the world and 36th in Pax Britannia for Most Politically Free, scoring 20.57 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Black Market: 11thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18thMost Subsidized Industry: 18thMost Advanced Public Transport: 49thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 65thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 76thHighest Average Incomes: 77thMost Corrupt Governments: 78thMost Scientifically Advanced: 120thLargest Mining Sector: 121stMost Advanced Public Education: 140thLowest Crime Rates: 201stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 213thLargest Governments: 225thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 331stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 363rdHighest Economic Output: 371stLargest Agricultural Sector: 376thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 393rdSmartest Citizens: 394thMost Efficient Economies: 422ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 422ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 426thMost Avoided: 473rdLargest Insurance Industry: 687thMost Secular: 937thRudest Citizens: 966thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,264thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,720thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,985thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,059thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,937thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,089thMost Influential: 3,937thHighest Drug Use: 4,103rdLargest Gambling Industry: 4,449thFattest Citizens: 4,554thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,066thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,335thLargest Retail Industry: 7,150thMost Inclusive: 7,205thLargest Populations: 8,149thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,044thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,510thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,732nd
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Basementees voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Safeguarding Nuclear Materials".
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, Thu'uls refer to transgender people with insults instead of pronouns.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, the Foreign Ministry thinks an eye for an eye is a blindingly good idea.
  • : Basementees's influence in Pax Britannia rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".
  • : Basementees lodged a message on the Pax Britannia Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, books are so highly regarded in Basementees that libraries are often revered as holy shrines.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, imprisonment is the leading cause of disownment.
  • : Basementees lodged a message on the Pax Britannia Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, refugees from other nations are flocking to Basementees's border.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread.

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