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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,351stBest Weather: 2,084thMost Pacifist: 2,428th
The Golden Hillsides of
Democratic Socialists
These hills... They're golden, ready to harvest!
Kaiser Diamond
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Ben Bridge

Population19.58 billion

CapitalDiamond City
LeaderKaiser Diamond
FaithGoldism

CurrencyGold Coin
AnimalSapphire Dragon

The Golden Hillsides of Ben Bridge is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Kaiser Diamond with an even hand, and notable for its avant-garde cinema, daily referendums, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 19.58 billion Bridgeans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Diamond City. The average income tax rate is 48.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ben Bridgean economy, worth a remarkable 3,048 trillion Gold Coins a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 155,690 Gold Coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Girls who wear lipstick are berated for pandering to male gazes, bins outnumber trees in city parks, the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts, and the term cold case has taken on a very literal meaning. Crime is totally unknown. Ben Bridge's national animal is the Sapphire Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Goldism.

Ben Bridge is ranked 38,577th in the world and 61st in Carcassonne for Lowest Crime Rates, with 78.28 law-abiding acts per hour.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,351stBest Weather: 2,084thMost Pacifist: 2,428thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 3,072ndMost Devout: 3,489thNicest Citizens: 3,940thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,076thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,204thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,211thHealthiest Citizens: 4,528thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,973rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,586thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,655thMost Cultured: 5,714thHighest Economic Output: 7,173rdLongest Average Lifespans: 7,798thMost Influential: 7,947thHighest Food Quality: 8,247thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,221stHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,331stMost Developed: 11,981stSmartest Citizens: 13,922ndTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 15,187thLargest Populations: 17,265thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,793rdMost Inclusive: 19,128thHighest Average Incomes: 20,512thMost Efficient Economies: 26,902nd
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Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionTop
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Highest Food Quality: 8th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 25th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 25th in the regionLargest Governments: 28th in the regionMost Inclusive: 33rd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 41st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 45th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 47th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 61st in the regionMost Stationary: 71st in the region

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