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Lowest Crime Rates: 905thMost Developed: 913thMost Pacifist: 1,006th
The Benevolent Police State of
Democratic Socialists
Protego Et Servite
Commissioner Shepherd
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

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Behest

Population3.628 billion

CapitalStatute
LeaderCommissioner Shepherd
FaithAtheism

Currencykas
Animaldog

The Benevolent Police State of Behest is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Commissioner Shepherd with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, cheerful population of 3.628 billion Behestians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Statute. The average income tax rate is 98.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Behestian economy, worth 704 trillion kas a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 194,217 kas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Dogs are encouraged to confront the psychodynamic roots of their desire to be "good boys", sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery, many rural villagers have never been more than a day's horse-ride from their birthplace, and rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Behest's national animal is the dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Behest is ranked 2,769th in the world and 102nd in Osiris for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 18,085.65 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 905thMost Developed: 913thMost Pacifist: 1,006thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,026thHealthiest Citizens: 1,063rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,200thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,324thNicest Citizens: 1,327thSafest: 1,338thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,665thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,854thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,858thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,088thMost Inclusive: 2,200thLargest Governments: 2,224thHighest Food Quality: 2,375thBest Weather: 2,476thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,554thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,769thSmartest Citizens: 2,873rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,182ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,277thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,290thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,526thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,593rdMost Beautiful Environments: 3,881stMost Cultured: 4,150thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,629thMost Efficient Economies: 4,820thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,132ndMost Secular: 5,661stLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,763rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,970thMost Income Equality: 8,897thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,179thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 13,487th
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Most Developed: 18th in the regionMost Pacifist: 22nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 23rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 29th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 33rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 43rd in the regionSafest: 45th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 47th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 59th in the regionMost Inclusive: 67th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 75th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 80th in the regionBest Weather: 86th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 95th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 101st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 102nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 103rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 106th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 120th in the regionMost Income Equality: 128th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 128th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 145th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 145th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 151st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 169th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 182nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 184th in the regionMost Cultured: 191st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 252nd in the regionMost Secular: 286th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 331st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 376th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 430th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 501st in the regionNudest: 690th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Behest, rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons.
  • : Following new legislation in Behest, many rural villagers have never been more than a day's horse-ride from their birthplace.
  • : Following new legislation in Behest, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery.
  • : Following new legislation in Behest, dogs are encouraged to confront the psychodynamic roots of their desire to be "good boys".
  • : Following new legislation in Behest, polling place volunteers are suddenly opening a huge number of offshore bank accounts.
  • : Following new legislation in Behest, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Behest, party-lovers often change religions just for the weekend.
  • : Following new legislation in Behest, maximum security Behestian subway stations inspire prison systems around the world.
  • : Following new legislation in Behest, owning a really cute pet is grounds for immediate investigation.
  • : Following new legislation in Behest, internet ads promising "hot singles in your area" are even less accurate than they used to be.

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