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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,015th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,494th Most Advanced Public Transport: 3,602nd
The Federation of
Father Knows Best State
Tariņa da linco sinari.
Influence
Instigator
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

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Belgaam

Population3.975 billion

CurrencyFanoa
AnimalPinklinkas

The Federation of Belgaam is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its parental licensing program, ubiquitous missile silos, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.975 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 86.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Belgaamian economy, worth 414 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 104,373 Fanoas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop, a sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers, hospitals in Belgaam are too busy serving the needs of League of Constructed Languages to see Belgaamians, and children have lost interest in toy guns in favor of toy meth lab kits. 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 34,164th in the world and 5th in League of Constructed Languages for Highest Economic Output, with 414 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,494thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,602ndMost Devout: 4,104thLargest Black Market: 5,175thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,514thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,390thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,596thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,751stTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,127thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,650thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,559thLargest Governments: 15,602nd
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the region

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