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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,245thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,374thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,404th
The Commonwealth of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Per Aspera Ad Astra.
Influence
Ambassador
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Bentus

Population14.283 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 renowned for its smutty television, national health service, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 14.283 billion Bentusis are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

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 2,526 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 176,857 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 24,222nd in the world and 10th in The Local Cluster for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 5,151.57 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,245thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,374thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,404thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,165thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,457thLargest Black Market: 4,980thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,287thHighest Economic Output: 5,357thMost Stationary: 5,572ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,579thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,828thLargest Mining Sector: 6,318thMost Avoided: 7,147thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,191stHighest Poor Incomes: 8,573rdHighest Average Incomes: 8,791stTop
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Most Influential: 10,816thHealthiest Citizens: 11,958thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,360thMost Developed: 14,044thLargest Populations: 14,901stLongest Average Lifespans: 15,261stLargest Retail Industry: 19,624thMost Cultured: 20,342ndSmartest Citizens: 20,447th
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates and Most Secular.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential and the Top 10% for Smartest Citizens, Most Cultured, and Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Diplomat" to "Ambassador".
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes and the Top 10% for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and Highest Average Incomes and the Top 10% for Most Developed and Longest Average Lifespans.

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