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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 401stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,634thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,084th
The United Federation of
Capitalist Paradise
Suum cuique
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Benotonia

Population8.169 billion

CapitalIcecastle
LeaderPresident Fischeimer

CurrencyBenot
AnimalEagle

The United Federation of Benotonia is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Fischeimer with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, daily referendums, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 8.169 billion Benots are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Icecastle. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Benotian economy, worth 994 trillion Benots a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 121,799 Benots, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,110,324 per year while the poor average 1,492, a ratio of 744 to 1.

University graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts, families consisting of more than three people are forced to split up, movies and computer games are strictly censored for violence, and violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner. Crime is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Benotonia's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Benotonia is ranked 61,557th in the world and 15th in Greater Olympus for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 3,232.88 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 401stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,634thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,084thTop
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,378thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,600thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,752ndMost Avoided: 6,238thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,621stLargest Insurance Industry: 9,116thMost Armed: 11,263rdTop
10%
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 13,796thLargest Retail Industry: 14,641stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,551stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,064thHighest Economic Output: 17,208thMost Pro-Market: 18,282ndFattest Citizens: 20,518thHighest Average Incomes: 22,149th
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5%
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Benotonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Armed.
  • : Benotonia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Benotonia altered its national flag.
  • : Benotonia's influence in Greater Olympus rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Benotonia's influence in Greater Olympus fell from "Squire" to "Page".
  • : Benotonia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Benotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Benotonia's influence in Greater Olympus rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Benotonia changed its national animal to "Eagle", its leader to "President Fischeimer", and its motto to "Suum cuique".
  • : Benotonia altered its national flag.

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