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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 640thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,353rdHighest Economic Output: 1,359th
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Population30.658 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 renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 30.658 billion Belschaftians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, 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 4.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Belschaftian economy, worth a remarkable 6,956 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. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 226,909 Federal Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

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, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Belschaft's national animal is the Evil Unicorn, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Belschaft is ranked 12,854th in the world and 368th in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 9,509.44 on the Edu-tellignce« Test Score.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 640thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,353rdHighest Economic Output: 1,359thLargest Mining Sector: 1,549thMost Influential: 1,746thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,045thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,612thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,756thLargest Populations: 2,891stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,998thSmartest Citizens: 3,333rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,778thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,012thMost Developed: 4,073rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,398thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,023rdHighest Average Incomes: 5,233rdSafest: 5,883rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,548thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,148thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,954thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,973rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,335thLargest Retail Industry: 9,440thMost Cultured: 10,000thMost Stationary: 10,666thRudest Citizens: 11,393rdLongest Average Lifespans: 11,629thLowest Crime Rates: 12,731stMost Advanced Public Education: 12,854thTop
Most Secular: 15,331stLargest Governments: 15,514thLargest Black Market: 16,448thHealthiest Citizens: 17,865thMost Efficient Economies: 18,212thHighest Food Quality: 21,093rdMost Politically Free: 24,027thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 24,031stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26,171stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 26,702nd
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Populations: 24th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 31st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 45th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 50th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 73rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 88th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 100th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 101st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 109th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 114th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 119th in the regionMost Developed: 120th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 145th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 151st in the regionMost Influential: 160th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 181st in the regionMost Stationary: 182nd in the regionSafest: 183rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 195th in the regionMost Politically Free: 196th in the regionLargest Black Market: 231st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 249th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 261st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 267th in the regionMost Cultured: 293rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 316th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 349th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 368th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 369th in the regionLargest Governments: 420th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 462nd in the regionMost Secular: 464th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 536th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 563rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 577th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 626th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 711th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 736th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 798th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 887th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,008th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1,225th in the region

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