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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,330thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,420thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,544th
The Commonwealth of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Per Aspera Ad Astra.
Influence
Auxiliary
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Bentus

Population15.706 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 public floggings, digital currency, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.706 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 2,777 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 200,493rd in the world and 57th in The Local Cluster for Most Politically Free, scoring 22.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Top
1%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,330thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,420thTop
5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,544thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,961stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,718thHighest Economic Output: 5,284thMost Stationary: 5,327thLargest Black Market: 5,781stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,927thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,981stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,450thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,375thLargest Mining Sector: 7,417thMost Avoided: 7,855thHighest Average Incomes: 9,378thMost Influential: 10,282ndHighest Poor Incomes: 10,315thTop
10%
Healthiest Citizens: 12,961stLargest Insurance Industry: 14,375thLargest Populations: 14,498thMost Developed: 15,102ndLongest Average Lifespans: 16,737thMost Cultured: 20,469thLargest Retail Industry: 21,056thSmartest Citizens: 21,180thLowest Crime Rates: 23,007thMost Efficient Economies: 23,198thMost Secular: 23,343rd
Top
5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionTop
10%
Most Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry and the Top 10% for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Ambassador" to "Auxiliary".

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