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The Democratic Republic of
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Beetopi

Population23 million

CurrencyBeetopi Yen
AnimalBee

The Democratic Republic of Beetopi is a small, genial nation, notable for its parental licensing program, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 23 million Beetopians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Healthcare, and Education. The average income tax rate is 44.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The weak Beetopian economy, worth 711 billion Beetopi 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 slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Pizza Delivery. 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 30,923 Beetopi Yen, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Promising seven years of bad luck leads to seven years of community service, a well-funded social safety net protects the unfortunate, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles, and all the playground's a stage for Beetopian schoolchildren. Crime is totally unknown. Beetopi's national animal is the Bee.

Beetopi is ranked 84,243rd in the world and 1st in Federated Union of Independent States for Lowest Crime Rates, with 64.92 law-abiding acts per hour.

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