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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,275thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,284thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,634th
The Commonwealth of
Father Knows Best State
Per Aspera Ad Astra.
Influence
Auxiliary
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Bentus

Population18.362 billion

CapitalBentus City
LeaderPresident Hayes

CurrencyCredit
AnimalTrilobite

The Commonwealth of Bentus is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by President Hayes with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 18.362 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 3,247 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 105,797th in the world and 23rd in The Local Cluster for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 1,181.42 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,275thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,284thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,634thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,670thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 4,013thMost Stationary: 4,764thHighest Economic Output: 5,083rdLargest Black Market: 5,796thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,013thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,595thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,324thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,535thLargest Mining Sector: 7,957thMost Influential: 9,867thHighest Average Incomes: 10,105thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,278thLargest Populations: 13,494thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 14,307thMost Developed: 15,733rdLargest Insurance Industry: 16,992ndLongest Average Lifespans: 18,089thMost Cultured: 20,718thSmartest Citizens: 21,163rdLargest Retail Industry: 21,833rdMost Secular: 23,032ndHighest Food Quality: 23,594thMost Efficient Economies: 25,194thLowest Crime Rates: 25,352nd
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

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

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