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Most Influential: 595th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 854th Largest Mining Sector: 1,044th
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The Cantankerous Curmudgeon of Belschaft is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by James Lambert with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, barren, inhospitable landscape, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 19.747 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 1.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Belschaftian economy, worth a remarkable 4,701 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 238,106 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 3,313th in the world and 61st in the South Pacific for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 9,721.63 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most Influential: 595thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 854thLargest Mining Sector: 1,044thHighest Economic Output: 1,119thTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 1,883rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,001stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,033rdSmartest Citizens: 2,472ndMost Avoided: 2,485thHighest Average Incomes: 2,509thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,843rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,899thRudest Citizens: 2,919thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,313thLargest Retail Industry: 3,511thMost Secular: 3,571stLargest Populations: 3,878thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,068thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,085thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,206thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,139thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,582ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,107thSafest: 6,484thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,134thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,758thLargest Black Market: 8,431stTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 9,383rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 10,739thMost Efficient Economies: 11,137thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,290thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,302ndMost Politically Free: 11,578thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,435thMost Cultured: 13,909thLowest Crime Rates: 14,774thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,972ndMost Advanced Public Education: 17,630th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 18th in the regionLargest Populations: 31st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 32nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 34th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 48th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 50th in the regionMost Avoided: 52nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 58th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 61st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 61st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionRudest Citizens: 76th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 87th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 98th in the regionLargest Black Market: 114th in the regionMost Secular: 121st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 121st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 129th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 141st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 144th in the regionSafest: 175th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 198th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 243rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 257th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 271st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 299th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 323rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 372nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 383rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 385th in the regionMost Politically Free: 398th in the regionMost Cultured: 414th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 416th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 438th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 445th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 495th in the regionMost Developed: 571st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 624th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 772nd in the region

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