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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 791st Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 865th Largest Mining Sector: 1,101st
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Population21.136 billion

CapitalNew London
LeaderJames Lambert

CurrencyFederal Pound
AnimalEvil Unicorn

The Cantankerous Curmudgeon of Belschaft is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by James Lambert with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 21.136 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. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Belschaftian economy, worth a remarkable 4,937 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 233,590 Federal Pounds, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 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 34,938th in the world and 1,350th in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 4,298.2 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 791stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 865thLargest Mining Sector: 1,101stHighest Economic Output: 1,165thMost Influential: 1,411thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 2,002ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,059thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,149thSmartest Citizens: 2,797thMost Avoided: 2,984thHighest Average Incomes: 3,064thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,333rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,505thLargest Populations: 3,516thRudest Citizens: 4,015thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,378thLargest Retail Industry: 4,669thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,858thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,911thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,279thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,842ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,880thSafest: 6,263rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,987thTop
Largest Black Market: 8,807thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,079thMost Politically Free: 9,543rdHighest Poor Incomes: 10,699thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,049thMost Secular: 12,034thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,167thMost Efficient Economies: 12,434thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,911thMost Cultured: 12,942ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12,993rdLowest Crime Rates: 14,568th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 23rd in the regionMost Influential: 26th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 27th in the regionLargest Populations: 29th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 39th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 47th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 58th in the regionMost Avoided: 61st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 66th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 73rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 75th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 79th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 81st in the regionLargest Black Market: 103rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 115th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 115th in the regionRudest Citizens: 117th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 118th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 145th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 171st in the regionSafest: 179th in the regionMost Politically Free: 237th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 263rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 284th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 284th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 286th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 288th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 355th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 361st in the regionMost Secular: 388th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 401st in the regionLargest Governments: 407th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 433rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 459th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 470th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 485th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 490th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 538th in the regionMost Developed: 597th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 634th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 135 » Pencil Sharpeners 2, Akiponesia, Luddinlande, Esu19, Kholdan, Saganye, Land Without Shrimp, Akabaka, United Billia, The Great Library, SJS Republic, Tsunamy, Farengeto, Aschenburg, The United Expanse, Ebonhand, Punchwood, Techganet, Tau Xen, Nothanksbutseriously, Shadowlands of Death, Sagada, Drugged Monkeys, Trinennie, Sparkadooby, New Wangsa, Transtemporal Shifts, Ufask, Elite Stormtroopers, Esfalsa, Salain, Arelplace, Farelonia, The Eight Hearths, Queenslanders, Center Lisle, Delta Heavy, North Baltind, Sanden, Kringalia, Tedeze, Quiescent, Quixoteh, Vlod, Sandaoguo, Akzeriuth, Erinor, Southern Bellz, Stronk Russian States, Ryccia, and 85 others.Friedmantowne, Janapuri, Nueta, Stalvarctic, Vilbonde, PEPEP, Poopisiya, Mostly Benevolent Tyranny, Volaworand, New-Censovenia, Mon Goblevis, Toucanbay, Bugmalandia, Jaena, New Talowa, Auphelia, Khazaraistan, The United Nations Of Earth And Humanity, The Bloodguard, Novam Lux, Imperial Isaac, Avoux, North Prarie, Midand, Melcalcia, Bealnation, Oxsania, Rendovilia, Balgamore, Wolfmech, Polybios, Goverwal, Jazklartan, Lififul, Noire Denholm, Escevola, Democratic of Malaysia, Vos Dothrak, United Pacenti Provinces, Amie roman, Lumpov Hasch, Rikutso, Neferes, The Walde, New Atenis, Stoinia, Perpetuaris, Yellunstryer, Dukys, Litorauria, NorthWest Companlia, Kanglia, Farside, Anbe, Wolves Landing, Sween-flu Quarantine Zone, Vylore, Punaauia, Solmarne, Plath, Southern Freeland, MELTON, My Trout Fishing Industry, Norsintia, Angevin Britannia, Lean Mean Meme Machines, Sillst, NewVietNam123, ZoasterToaster, Narvone, Papunia, Caputia, Athlon, Grirobor, Kalukmangala, Unielvan Millorvium, Aumeltopia, Petropole States, United States of Vietnam mirror, St Oaks, Beccaris, Moreana, Hanskarr, Dappernia, and La Fantasma.

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