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Most Valuable International Artwork: 584thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,928thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,270th
The Federal Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Embrace Novelty
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Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Bellcon

Population3.116 billion

CapitalSurrell
LeaderRyder Blackwood
FaithBellconian Orthodoxy

CurrencyBellconian bell
AnimalBellconian Lion

The Federal Republic of Bellcon is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ryder Blackwood with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, infamous sell-swords, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed population of 3.116 billion Bellconians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Surrell. The average income tax rate is 54.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bellconian economy, worth 456 trillion Bellconian bells a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 146,523 Bellconian bells, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend, citizens have never heard foreign radio, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, and Tesco was recently named as the new national treasurer. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bellcon's national animal is the Bellconian Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Bellconian Orthodoxy.

Bellcon is ranked 21,983rd in the world and 340th in Europe for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 6,784.63 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 584thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,928thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,270thLargest Retail Industry: 5,663rdMost Cultured: 8,509thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,641stMost Beautiful Environments: 8,694thBest Weather: 9,005thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,841stHealthiest Citizens: 10,726thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,803rdHighest Food Quality: 11,219thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,303rdMost Developed: 11,363rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,375thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,906thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 14,125thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,345thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,387thSmartest Citizens: 14,410thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,391stMost Subsidized Industry: 15,645thLargest Black Market: 15,707thHighest Average Incomes: 16,147thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,770thLowest Crime Rates: 18,192ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 19,012thMost Secular: 20,067thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,983rdMost Inclusive: 22,269thMost Influential: 24,707thLargest Governments: 25,093rd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 18th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 74th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 84th in the regionLargest Black Market: 85th in the regionMost Average: 87th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 88th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 100th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 119th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bellcon, Tesco was recently named as the new national treasurer.
  • : Following new legislation in Bellcon, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Bellcon, citizens have never heard foreign radio.
  • : Following new legislation in Bellcon, judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Bellcon, giant beards and handlebar moustaches are increasingly popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Bellcon, soldiers must key in their passwords every time they want to reload their weapons.
  • : Following new legislation in Bellcon, multilingual concierges man empty inner city apartment blocks.
  • : Bellcon voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Crime Victims' Rights Act".
  • : Bellcon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Bellcon was endorsed by The Federal Republic of Gotho.

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