by Max Barry

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,695thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,325thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,877th
The Borderlands of
Corrupt Dictatorship
He who sees the Dread Hawk, sees Death
Yuri Serbinaski IV
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population23.193 billion

CapitalBelistien City
LeaderYuri Serbinaski IV

CurrencyGold Belien
AnimalDread Hawk

The Borderlands of Belistien is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Yuri Serbinaski IV with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 23.193 billion Belistienians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Belistien City. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Belistienian economy, worth a remarkable 3,029 trillion Gold Beliens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 130,639 Gold Beliens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom, there's a literal nanny state for the legions of children taken by social services, cinemas play art-house movies to ever-shrinking audiences as film critics rule the industry, and the country has unplugged its internet connection to prevent subversive content. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Belistien's national animal is the Dread Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Belistien is ranked 288,024th in the world and 84th in A Taco Paradise for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -10.68 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Best Weather: 2,990thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,722ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,114thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,299thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,699thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,989thMost Developed: 5,085thMost Cultured: 5,157thLowest Crime Rates: 5,380thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,404thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,497thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,931stHealthiest Citizens: 5,939thLargest Governments: 6,032ndHighest Economic Output: 6,637thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,297thHighest Food Quality: 7,390thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,333rdSmartest Citizens: 8,803rdLargest Populations: 9,302ndHighest Poor Incomes: 11,530thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,235thMost Patriotic: 13,723rdMost Efficient Economies: 14,557thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 15,970thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,612thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,792ndMost Inclusive: 19,027thMost Secular: 20,066thMost Pacifist: 20,118thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,812thMost Authoritarian: 24,710thMost Income Equality: 24,832ndHighest Average Incomes: 27,021stMost Cheerful Citizens: 27,273rd
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionMost Patriotic: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 5th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the region

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