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Most Subsidized Industry: 15th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 113th Largest Black Market: 143rd
The Lurking Shadow of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Prosperity and Dictatorship are One
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

Overview Factbook Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Bendicion

Population12.952 billion

CapitalGrand Kalipzty Bendianii
LeaderPresident Gbendicion
FaithChristianity

CurrencyDolere
AnimalBald Eagle

The Lurking Shadow of Bendicion is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Gbendicion with an even hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 12.952 billion Bendians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Industry, with Defense, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Kalipzty Bendianii. The average income tax rate is 93.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Bendian economy, worth a remarkable 5,296 trillion Doleres a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 408,940 Doleres, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

The government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes, and CEOs can't hear the term 'Fire Sale' without bursting into tears. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bendicion's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Christianity.

Bendicion is ranked 7,555th in the world and 1st in Democritus for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 7 Valid Endorsements.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 15thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 113thLargest Black Market: 143rdLargest Retail Industry: 224thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 256thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 298thHighest Average Incomes: 518thRudest Citizens: 622ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 664thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 873rdMost Armed: 959thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,353rdHighest Economic Output: 1,369thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,499thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,950thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,979thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,112thMost Cultured: 2,136thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,150thMost Efficient Economies: 2,225thLargest Governments: 2,327thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,414thMost Developed: 2,723rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,957thSmartest Citizens: 3,074thNudest: 3,354thLargest Mining Sector: 4,282ndMost Secular: 4,524thMost Influential: 4,603rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,621stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,023rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,372ndMost Avoided: 5,444thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,599thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,632ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,555thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,274thHealthiest Citizens: 10,277thMost Average: 11,942ndHighest Drug Use: 12,409thLargest Populations: 14,604th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Average: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, CEOs can't hear the term 'Fire Sale' without bursting into tears.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, political candidates who don't release their birth certificates are presumed to have been born in Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, statue-sitting has replaced the stake-out as the dullest form of police duty.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, the government is funding experimental battery technology while the power grid continues to crumble.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, the Grand Kalipzty Bendianii Film Festival recently voted 'Bendian Getting Hit By Football' as best film.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake".
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, manual labourers must be willing to have cybernetic limbs to get a job.

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