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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 601st Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 660th Most Influential: 998th
The Cantankerous Curmudgeon of
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Population24.985 billion

CapitalNew London
LeaderJames Lambert

CurrencyFederal Pound
AnimalEvil Unicorn

The Cantankerous Curmudgeon of Belschaft is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by James Lambert with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 24.985 billion Belschaftians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New London. The average income tax rate is 2.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Belschaftian economy, worth a remarkable 5,818 trillion Federal Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 232,861 Federal Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.6 times as much as the poorest.

Public intoxication has decreased ever since fraternities were banned, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature', vaccinations are mandatory, and movie references are legally admissible in court. Crime is totally unknown. Belschaft's national animal is the Evil Unicorn, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Belschaft is ranked 8,433rd in the world and 255th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 414.72 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 601stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 660thMost Influential: 998thLargest Mining Sector: 1,065thHighest Economic Output: 1,138thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,232ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,558thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,642ndTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 1,830thMost Avoided: 2,875thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,070thSmartest Citizens: 3,096thLargest Populations: 3,169thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,233rdHighest Average Incomes: 3,638thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,890thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,944thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,530thSafest: 5,857thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5,904thLargest Retail Industry: 5,936thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,218thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,318thRudest Citizens: 7,327thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,433rdTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,578thLargest Black Market: 8,697thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,792ndMost Politically Free: 8,860thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,405thMost Cultured: 10,124thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,433rdMost Secular: 12,474thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,603rdLowest Crime Rates: 13,868thMost Efficient Economies: 14,487thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,879thMost Stationary: 15,699thLargest Governments: 16,096th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 22nd in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 28th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 29th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 37th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 53rd in the regionMost Avoided: 54th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 59th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 71st in the regionMost Influential: 79th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 88th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 91st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 93rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 95th in the regionLargest Black Market: 134th in the regionMost Politically Free: 144th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 145th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 148th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 148th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 172nd in the regionSafest: 187th in the regionRudest Citizens: 199th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 228th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 236th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 255th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 267th in the regionMost Cultured: 283rd in the regionMost Stationary: 288th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 315th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 378th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 390th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 394th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 425th in the regionMost Secular: 430th in the regionLargest Governments: 432nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 455th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 514th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 521st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 549th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 581st in the regionMost Developed: 639th in the region

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