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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 737thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 930thHighest Poor Incomes: 953rd
The People's Federation of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Semper Invictus
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Belshekistan

Population10.412 billion

CapitalMoscow
LeaderVladimir Yeltsini

CurrencyRuble
AnimalRussian Bear

The People's Federation of Belshekistan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Vladimir Yeltsini with an iron fist, and remarkable for its avant-garde cinema, suspicion of poets, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 10.412 billion Northern Eurasians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Moscow. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Eurasian economy, worth a remarkable 3,070 trillion Rubles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Beef-Based Agriculture. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 294,896 Rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Minority children find the right answer in school tests is always the most insulting one, acrimonious legal battles result during divorce proceedings, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow, and businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Belshekistan's national animal is the Russian Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Belshekistan is ranked 170,176th in the world and 4,327th in Osiris for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 10.17 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 737thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 930thHighest Poor Incomes: 953rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,219thLowest Crime Rates: 1,223rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,297thMost Armed: 1,563rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,744thMost Patriotic: 1,986thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,234thLargest Governments: 2,417thHighest Average Incomes: 2,426thLargest Black Market: 2,518thLargest Mining Sector: 2,558thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,632ndTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,791stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,047thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,898thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,460thMost Developed: 5,049thHighest Economic Output: 5,619thHealthiest Citizens: 5,930thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,012thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,080thMost Secular: 6,731stMost Efficient Economies: 7,882ndMost Subsidized Industry: 8,061stMost Advanced Public Education: 8,479thSmartest Citizens: 8,691stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,031stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,666thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,028thMost Authoritarian: 11,049thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,054thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,866thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,068thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,650thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,647thMost Conservative: 24,533rd
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 38th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 49th in the regionMost Patriotic: 49th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 50th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 54th in the regionMost Armed: 65th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 71st in the regionLargest Governments: 76th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 94th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 100th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 112th in the regionLargest Black Market: 114th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 120th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 122nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 126th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 169th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 212th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 239th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 243rd in the regionMost Developed: 246th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 287th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 287th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 316th in the regionMost Secular: 322nd in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 340th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 348th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 400th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 422nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 426th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 477th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 484th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 506th in the regionMost Extreme: 560th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 642nd in the region

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