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Least Corrupt Governments: 5,248thSafest: 7,274thMost Pacifist: 7,584th
The Federal Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
You Can't Stop Progress
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Developing
Political Freedom
Superb

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Belel

Population4.048 billion

CapitalGomo
LeaderFederal Council

Currencyguilder
Animalcow

The Federal Republic of Belel is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Federal Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.048 billion Belelians 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gomo. The average income tax rate is 82.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Belelian economy, worth 114 trillion guilders a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 28,179 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

For 25 guilders tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept, teenagers are told they're not thinking about sex enough, and new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Belel to be bombproof. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Belel's national animal is the cow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Belel is ranked 241,023rd in the world and 7,894th in Balder for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -13.56 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 5,248thSafest: 7,274thMost Pacifist: 7,584thBest Weather: 11,980thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 13,787thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,089thMost Income Equality: 14,173rdMost Rebellious Youth: 14,390thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,472ndNicest Citizens: 15,134thMost Inclusive: 15,360thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,799thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,238thHealthiest Citizens: 20,054thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,731stMost Cultured: 24,048th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 259th in the regionMost Income Equality: 335th in the regionSafest: 377th in the regionMost Pacifist: 381st in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 608th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 716th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 748th in the regionNicest Citizens: 752nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 761st in the regionMost Inclusive: 765th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Belel was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Belel's influence in Balder rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Belel was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Following new legislation in Belel, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Belel to be bombproof.
  • : Following new legislation in Belel, teenagers are told they're not thinking about sex enough.
  • : Following new legislation in Belel, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in Belel, for 25 guilders tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy.
  • : Following new legislation in Belel, the only thing slower than the economy is the exchange where it's managed.
  • : Belel's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Belel's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".

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