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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,117th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,131st Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,655th
The Commonwealth of
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Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Bentus

Population11.264 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 remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, frequent executions, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 11.264 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 1,943 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 42,274th in the world and 38th in The Local Cluster for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 2,539.83 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,117thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,131stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,655thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,286thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,828thLargest Black Market: 4,177thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,254thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,637thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,781stLargest Mining Sector: 5,221stHighest Economic Output: 5,930thMost Avoided: 6,516thMost Stationary: 6,577thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,924thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,200thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,695thHighest Average Incomes: 8,717thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,024thHealthiest Citizens: 10,999thMost Influential: 11,355thLargest Populations: 16,540thLargest Retail Industry: 16,826th
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentus, the police go to great efforts to seize contraband favored by politicians on the police oversight committee.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentus, raver DJ XStacy holds multiple medical degrees in chillaxing.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentus, swarms of present-laden delivery drones blot out the sun before major holidays.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentus, reporters who negatively comment on politicians' haircuts are cut from the news.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentus, all government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police.

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