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Largest Black Market: 14th Largest Information Technology Sector: 16th Highest Poor Incomes: 20th
The Eternal Khaganate of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Inde In Cinerem Nos Resurgemus
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Basementees

Population16.907 billion

CapitalNovus Damascus
LeaderOšinnshrafn Khagan Symmachus Drake
FaithNahuatl

CurrencyRuncible
AnimalUrsine Phoenix

The Eternal Khaganate of Basementees is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ošinnshrafn Khagan Symmachus Drake with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 16.907 billion Thu'uls 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 medium-sized, corrupt 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 an astonishing 11,594 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, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip 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 a breathtaking 685,787 Runcibles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps, colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Ursine Phoenix', there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes, and students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Basementees's national animal is the Ursine Phoenix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Nahuatl.

Basementees is ranked 163,105th in the world and 112th in The Union of Democratic States for Most Primitive, scoring -1527.27 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Black Market: 14thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16thHighest Poor Incomes: 20thMost Subsidized Industry: 21stMost Advanced Public Transport: 48thMost Scientifically Advanced: 55thHighest Average Incomes: 61stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 66thMost Corrupt Governments: 80thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 96thMost Advanced Public Education: 107thLargest Mining Sector: 127thLowest Crime Rates: 156thLargest Governments: 174thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 196thHighest Economic Output: 233rdSmartest Citizens: 240thHighest Average Tax Rates: 302ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 302ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 368thMost Efficient Economies: 401stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 415thLargest Agricultural Sector: 440thRudest Citizens: 466thLargest Insurance Industry: 467thMost Avoided: 530thLargest Welfare Programs: 812thMost Secular: 1,195thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,561stTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,655thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,234thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,356thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,500thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,645thMost Inclusive: 3,321stLargest Gambling Industry: 3,366thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,949thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,949thLargest Retail Industry: 5,295thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,408thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,974thLargest Populations: 7,141stTop
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Most Cultured: 8,214thMost Average: 11,001stMost Influential: 11,399th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Average: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Ursine Phoenix'.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries.
  • : Basementees voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Common Territories".
  • : Basementees voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Prevention of Mutually assured destruction".
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, vitriolic divorce proceedings have become prime-time television.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award.
  • : Following new legislation in Basementees, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up.

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