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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,966th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,011th Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,458th
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

Population12.178 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 remarkable for its digital currency, irreverence towards religion, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 12.178 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 2,100 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 121,513th in the world and 71st in The Local Cluster for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 31.14 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Top
5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,966thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,011thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,458thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,262ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,341stLargest Black Market: 4,134thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,325thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,949thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,969thLargest Mining Sector: 5,053rdHighest Economic Output: 5,524thMost Avoided: 5,910thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,939thMost Stationary: 6,151stMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,191stTop
10%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,869thHighest Average Incomes: 8,622ndHighest Poor Incomes: 9,048thMost Influential: 10,675thHealthiest Citizens: 10,765th
Top
5%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionTop
10%
Most Stationary: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th 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 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.
  • : 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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