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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 237th Largest Information Technology Sector: 256th Highest Poor Incomes: 265th
The Federal Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
With Justice For All
Regional Influence
Eminence Grise
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Federal Republic of Belarum is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by President Evan Burke with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 23.265 billion Belarians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Healthcare, and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bastia. The average income tax rate is 3.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Belarian economy, worth a remarkable 6,507 trillion euros a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 279,722 euros, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks, and the song 'They Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Belarum' is a smash hit. Crime is totally unknown. Belarum's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Belarum is ranked 2,016th in the world and 7th in The European Union for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 88.46 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 237thLargest Information Technology Sector: 256thHighest Poor Incomes: 265thMost Developed: 270thSmartest Citizens: 280thLargest Publishing Industry: 356thLongest Average Lifespans: 414thMost Beautiful Environments: 463rdHighest Economic Output: 605thMost Cheerful Citizens: 613thMost Efficient Economies: 629thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 631stMost Cultured: 638thMost Scientifically Advanced: 689thMost Rebellious Youth: 851stNicest Citizens: 1,277thBest Weather: 1,362ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,464thHighest Average Incomes: 1,506thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,978thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,016thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,095thLargest Populations: 2,459thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,062ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,143rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,228thMost Inclusive: 3,263rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,703rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,043rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,346thMost Secular: 6,341stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,844thTop
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Largest Governments: 7,986thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,038thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,311thMost Income Equality: 11,668thLargest Retail Industry: 11,927thSafest: 12,497th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Income Equality: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Belarum, the song 'They Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Belarum' is a smash hit.
  • : Belarum approved the World Assembly proposal "Extrajudicial Punishment Ban".
  • : Belarum voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Enabling The Disabled In Academia".
  • : Following new legislation in Belarum, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Belarum, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust.
  • : Following new legislation in Belarum, children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants.
  • : Following new legislation in Belarum, the price of takeaway food quadruples after 6pm.
  • : Following new legislation in Belarum, with increasingly clear skies nobody seems to mind the electricity bill going through the roof.
  • : Following new legislation in Belarum, banning party poppers has been a real party pooper.
  • : Following new legislation in Belarum, the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service.

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