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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,274thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,349thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,646th
The Commonwealth of
Father Knows Best State
Per Aspera Ad Astra.
Influence
Auxiliary
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Bentus

Population18.873 billion

CapitalBentus City
LeaderPresident Hayes

CurrencyCredit
AnimalTrilobite

The Commonwealth of Bentus is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Hayes with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 18.873 billion Bentusis are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bentus City. The average income tax rate is 4.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bentusian economy, worth a remarkable 3,337 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 176,863 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Lawyers turn down litigation cases and corporate work in order to focus on lucrative public defence work, the "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy', and antique comic book collectors are disappointed to hear that their treasures are worth exactly as little as their mothers said they were. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bentus's national animal is the Trilobite, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Bentus is ranked 218,535th in the world and 46th in The Local Cluster for Most Avoided, scoring 1.5 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,274thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,349thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,646thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,696thTop
5%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,094thMost Stationary: 4,691stHighest Economic Output: 5,008thLargest Black Market: 5,859thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,113thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,719thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,437thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,708thLargest Mining Sector: 7,990thMost Influential: 9,641stHighest Average Incomes: 10,460thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,466thLargest Populations: 13,359thTop
10%
Healthiest Citizens: 14,466thMost Developed: 15,819thLargest Insurance Industry: 16,943rdLongest Average Lifespans: 17,863rdMost Cultured: 20,835thSmartest Citizens: 21,257thLargest Retail Industry: 21,759thMost Secular: 22,887thHighest Food Quality: 23,622ndLowest Crime Rates: 25,306thMost Efficient Economies: 25,895th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Most Stationary: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster fell from "Negotiator" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster fell from "Negotiator" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster fell from "Negotiator" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".

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