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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,852ndMost Patriotic: 2,987thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,215th
The Communist States of
Iron Fist Consumerists
If a man cannot sustain himself, why should we?
General Secretary Alan Petrov
Influence
Enforcer
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Beganshan

Population1.316 billion

CapitalTbilisi
LeaderGeneral Secretary Alan Petrov
FaithCommunism

Currencybengan
Animalwolf

The Communist States of Beganshan is a massive, safe nation, ruled by General Secretary Alan Petrov with an iron fist, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, parental licensing program, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.316 billion Beganshanians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tbilisi. The average income tax rate is 75.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Beganshanian economy, worth 202 trillion bengans 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. 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 153,760 bengans, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Soldiers on first dates introduce themselves only by their ranks and serial numbers, the line between man and woman is drawn with surgical precision, parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list, and visitors to Beganshan are microchipped and must be escorted by a Beganshanian soldier - even to the bathroom. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Beganshan's national animal is the wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Communism.

Beganshan is ranked 250,557th in the world and 12th in Kingdom of Great Britain and Australia for Least Corrupt Governments, with 38.17 percentage of bribes refused.

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Most Patriotic: 2,987thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,215thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,094thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,260thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,754thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,293rdMost Corrupt Governments: 7,191stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,557thMost Conservative: 8,954thLowest Crime Rates: 10,993rdTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,365thMost Authoritarian: 14,321stHighest Average Incomes: 14,459thLargest Governments: 16,780thLargest Black Market: 17,027thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,446thLargest Mining Sector: 17,889thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,095thHighest Average Tax Rates: 21,350thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,367thMost Subsidized Industry: 22,986thHealthiest Citizens: 24,475thMost Efficient Economies: 24,764thLargest Information Technology Sector: 25,747th
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