by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 620th Most Devout: 12,498th Highest Average Tax Rates: 12,723rd
The Human-Grey Hybrid Conspiracy of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
We're telling you the future of your planet is at stake
Klaatu 1004
Influence
Hermit
Founder / Mysterious Hooded Figure
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Superb

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Benevolent 103

Population7.448 billion

CapitalEllipsis Sector-103
LeaderKlaatu 1004
FaithGaianism

CurrencyGort
Animalhuman-grey hybrid

The Human-Grey Hybrid Conspiracy of Benevolent 103 is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Klaatu 1004 with a fair hand, and renowned for its state-planned economy, infamous sell-swords, and punitive income tax rates. The democratic, devout population of 7.448 billion Benevolents love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ellipsis Sector-103. The average income tax rate is 80.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Benevolent economy, worth 44.9 trillion Gorts a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Pizza Delivery, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 6,023 Gorts, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct, life expectancies inside correctional facilities vastly exceed the national average, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen, and motorcycle riders are required to wear so much gear they've been nicknamed "Stay Pufts". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Benevolent 103's national animal is the human-grey hybrid, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Gaianism.

Benevolent 103 is ranked 65,681st in the world and 1st in Night Vale for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 260.62 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Top
1%
Most Income Equality: 620thTop
10%
Most Devout: 12,498thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,723rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Benevolent 103 changed its national animal to "human-grey hybrid".
  • : Following new legislation in Benevolent 103, motorcycle riders are required to wear so much gear they've been nicknamed "Stay Pufts".
  • : Following new legislation in Benevolent 103, the government mails weekly updates on the new anti-junk mail laws to every citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in Benevolent 103, life expectancies inside correctional facilities vastly exceed the national average.
  • : Following new legislation in Benevolent 103, arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct.
  • : Following new legislation in Benevolent 103, Tetris has been banned for its graphic violent content.
  • : Following new legislation in Benevolent 103, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
  • : Following new legislation in Benevolent 103, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Benevolent 103, national parks have long lines of different gender-specific 'Porta-Pottys'.
  • : Following new legislation in Benevolent 103, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma.

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