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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,104thMost Influential: 1,147thMost Developed: 1,291st
The Empire of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Justice, piety, loyalty
Erick I
Influence
Unproven
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Bend Mai

Population4.165 billion

CapitalSiorjo
LeaderErick I
FaithElotasni

Currencyguilder
Animalturtle

The Empire of Bend Mai is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Erick I with an even hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, soft-spoken computers, and prohibition of alcohol. The compassionate, cheerful population of 4.165 billion Bend Maians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Siorjo. The average income tax rate is 98.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Bend Maian economy, worth 946 trillion guilders a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 227,147 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Messiah (formerly known as Brian) is a mayoral candidate, prenuptial contracts have replaced diamond rings in marriage proposals, military officers are given medals for disobeying orders, and police officers find government bureaucracy more terrifying than most serial killers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bend Mai's national animal is the turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Elotasni.

Bend Mai is ranked 244,476th in the world and 6,553rd in Balder for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.35 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,104thMost Influential: 1,147thMost Developed: 1,291stMost Inclusive: 1,342ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,443rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,456thMost Pacifist: 1,475thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,493rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,500thNicest Citizens: 1,547thHealthiest Citizens: 1,605thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,647thHighest Food Quality: 1,658thSmartest Citizens: 1,980thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,154thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,187thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,200thLargest Governments: 2,212thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,485thSafest: 2,546thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,720thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,731stMost Cultured: 2,917thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,171stMost Beautiful Environments: 3,182ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,295thBest Weather: 3,442ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,471stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,248thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,980thHighest Average Incomes: 5,213thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,880thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,161stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,275thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,844thMost Secular: 14,345thMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,541stHighest Economic Output: 22,638thMost Income Equality: 26,470thLargest Retail Industry: 26,477th
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Most Influential: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 23rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 27th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 32nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 35th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 36th in the regionMost Developed: 38th in the regionMost Pacifist: 41st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 44th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 44th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 47th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 48th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 50th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 52nd in the regionLargest Governments: 58th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 64th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 66th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 72nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 73rd in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 89th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 91st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 92nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 97th in the regionSafest: 98th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 107th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 117th in the regionBest Weather: 122nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 146th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 188th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 206th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 207th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 291st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 413th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 500th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 637th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 675th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 687th in the regionMost Secular: 708th in the region

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