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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 879thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,998thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,111th
The Federation of
Father Knows Best State
Tariņa da linco sinari.
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

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Belgaam

Population5.49 billion

CurrencyFanoa
AnimalPinklinkas

The Federation of Belgaam is a colossal, efficient nation, renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, compulsory military service, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.49 billion Belgaamians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Education, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 86.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Belgaamian economy, worth 596 trillion Fanoas 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, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, 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 108,587 Fanoas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

A sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers, hospitals in Belgaam are too busy serving the needs of Osiris to see Belgaamians, children have lost interest in toy guns in favor of toy meth lab kits, and pandemics are over and done with by the time it takes to pass the nation's stringent border security. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Belgaam's national animal is the Pinklinkas, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Belgaam is ranked 26,658th in the world and 1,491st in Osiris for Longest Average Lifespans, with 86.82 Years.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 879thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,998thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,111thMost Devout: 4,394thLargest Black Market: 5,714thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,314thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,625thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,242ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,472ndMost Corrupt Governments: 9,181stHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,068thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 15,795thLargest Governments: 16,301stHighest Poor Incomes: 18,255thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,309thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,326th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 44th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 155th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 184th in the regionMost Devout: 215th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 281st in the regionLargest Black Market: 306th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 440th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 441st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 472nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 515th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 584th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Belgaam was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Belgaam's influence in Osiris rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Belgaam was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Belgaam was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Belgaam was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Belgaam was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates and the Top 10% for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Belgaam's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Belgaam's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Belgaam's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Belgaam's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".

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