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Most Compassionate Citizens: 865thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,021stNicest Citizens: 1,030th
The Democratic Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Pride in Liberation
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Benjastam

Population5.387 billion

CapitalThomasville
LeaderPresident Benjamin Adell

CurrencyBenjastanian Dollar
AnimalOwl

The Democratic Republic of Benjastam is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Benjamin Adell with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.387 billion Benjastamians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thomasville. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Benjastamian economy, worth 830 trillion Benjastanian Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 154,091 Benjastanian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia, Benjastam has one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, and the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Benjastam's national animal is the Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Benjastam is ranked 1,463rd in the world and 3rd in European Union for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 21,727.25 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Compassionate Citizens: 865thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,021stNicest Citizens: 1,030thMost Pacifist: 1,146thMost Inclusive: 1,215thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,463rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,523rdBest Weather: 1,826thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,836thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,915thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,919thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,087thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,192ndTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,415thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,497thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,741stHealthiest Citizens: 2,780thMost Developed: 2,865thSafest: 3,398thLargest Governments: 3,576thLowest Crime Rates: 3,617thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,183rdSmartest Citizens: 4,493rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,743rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,906thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,657thMost Cultured: 6,413thTop
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Most Secular: 12,227thMost Efficient Economies: 12,907thHighest Average Incomes: 13,141stMost Subsidized Industry: 14,812thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,111thMost Income Equality: 21,155thHighest Economic Output: 22,112th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Benjastam, the mood of raunchy movies is often ruined by the sound of babies crying.
  • : Following new legislation in Benjastam, Benjastam has one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world.
  • : Following new legislation in Benjastam, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia.
  • : Following new legislation in Benjastam, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials.
  • : Following new legislation in Benjastam, prisoners have been known to host cooking and home décor television shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Benjastam, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in Benjastam.
  • : Benjastam's influence in European Union rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in Benjastam, a sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers.
  • : Following new legislation in Benjastam, late night talk show hosts are having a field day over President Benjamin Adell's questionably sane new coalition partners.
  • : Following new legislation in Benjastam, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.

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