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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,919th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,020th Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,397th
The Commonwealth of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Per Aspera Ad Astra.
Influence
Envoy
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Bentus

Population12.371 billion

CapitalBentus City
LeaderPresident Hayes

CurrencyCredit
AnimalTrilobite

The Commonwealth of Bentus is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Hayes with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, smutty television, and national health service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 12.371 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, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bentus City. The average income tax rate is 4.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bentusian economy, worth a remarkable 2,134 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 frequent. Average income is an impressive 172,518 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Reporters who negatively comment on politicians' haircuts are cut from the news, swarms of present-laden delivery drones blot out the sun before major holidays, raver DJ XStacy holds multiple medical degrees in chillaxing, and the police go to great efforts to seize contraband favored by politicians on the police oversight committee. 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 143,107th in the world and 83rd in The Local Cluster for Longest Average Lifespans, with 40.26 Years.

Top
5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,919thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,020thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,397thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,339thLargest Black Market: 4,179thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,328thLargest Mining Sector: 4,967thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,969thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,007thHighest Economic Output: 5,537thMost Avoided: 5,790thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,949thMost Stationary: 6,084thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,097thTop
10%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,749thHighest Average Incomes: 8,568thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,055thMost Influential: 10,460thHealthiest Citizens: 10,734th
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5%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionTop
10%
Most Stationary: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster fell from "Diplomat" to "Envoy".
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Envoy" to "Diplomat".
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster fell from "Diplomat" to "Envoy".
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Envoy" to "Diplomat".
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Duckspeaker" to "Envoy".
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.

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