by Max Barry

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 836th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 956th Largest Mining Sector: 1,044th
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The Cantankerous Curmudgeon of Belschaft is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by James Lambert with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, complete lack of prisons, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 20.244 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 1.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Belschaftian economy, worth a remarkable 4,793 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 236,797 Federal Pounds, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 times as much as the poorest.

The government helps teach children how to kill a man from six paces, the Supreme Court vehemently protects civil rights and the right to privacy, public intoxication has decreased ever since fraternities were banned, and citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'. 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 2,028th in the world and 41st in the South Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 25,725.24 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 836thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 956thLargest Mining Sector: 1,044thHighest Economic Output: 1,129thMost Influential: 1,482ndTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 1,837thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,020thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,028thMost Avoided: 2,535thSmartest Citizens: 2,592ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,653rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,859thRudest Citizens: 3,159thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,197thMost Secular: 3,607thLargest Populations: 3,620thLargest Retail Industry: 3,840thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,032ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,104thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,380thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,384thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,406thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,621stSafest: 6,116thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,278thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,874thLargest Black Market: 8,145thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,455thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,380thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 10,443rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,706thMost Politically Free: 10,870thMost Efficient Economies: 11,153rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,418thMost Cultured: 13,306thLowest Crime Rates: 13,983rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,301st
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 18th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 28th in the regionLargest Populations: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 35th in the regionMost Influential: 40th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 41st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 42nd in the regionMost Avoided: 52nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 52nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 57th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 60th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 67th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 85th in the regionRudest Citizens: 86th in the regionLargest Black Market: 110th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 116th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 122nd in the regionMost Secular: 130th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 135th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 145th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 163rd in the regionSafest: 164th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 228th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 235th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 261st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 266th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 275th in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 323rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 323rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 326th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 362nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 367th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 368th in the regionMost Cultured: 381st in the regionLargest Governments: 405th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 474th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 518th in the regionMost Developed: 570th in the region

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