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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,012th Most Rebellious Youth: 2,817th Largest Black Market: 4,673rd
The Manifest Destiny of
Left-Leaning College State
Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!
Influence
Squire
Marshal
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Benevolent Thomas

Population12.888 billion

CapitalFort Triumph
LeaderThomas

CurrencyGold
AnimalOwl

The Manifest Destiny of Benevolent Thomas is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Thomas with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, humorless population of 12.888 billion Benevolent enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort Triumph. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Benevolent economy, worth a remarkable 1,633 trillion Golds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 126,752 Golds, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 361,351 per year while the poor average 35,454, a ratio of 10.2 to 1.

You need two tenors and a coloratura contralto to sing the national anthem properly, the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials, and no one born in Benevolent Thomas can fix a leaky faucet. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Benevolent Thomas's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Benevolent Thomas is ranked 26,466th in the world and 2nd in Fort Triumph for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 2,390.53 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,012thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,817thLargest Black Market: 4,673rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,881stLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,959thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,363rdSafest: 6,141stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,849thHighest Economic Output: 7,498thMost Cultured: 7,765thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 9,690thSmartest Citizens: 11,155thMost Developed: 11,408thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,484thLargest Populations: 12,981stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,426thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,907thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,799thMost Secular: 16,108thLargest Governments: 16,555thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,773rdLongest Average Lifespans: 16,783rd
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

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