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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,254thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,261stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,530th
The Commonwealth of
Father Knows Best State
Per Aspera Ad Astra.
Influence
Negotiator
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Bentus

Population17.637 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 keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 17.637 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 3,119 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 210,212th in the world and 40th in The Local Cluster for Fattest Citizens, with 8.09 Obesity Rate.

Top
1%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,254thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,261stTop
5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,530thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,767thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,905thMost Stationary: 4,907thHighest Economic Output: 5,126thLargest Black Market: 5,545thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,748thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,244thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,907thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,383rdLargest Mining Sector: 7,534thMost Influential: 9,755thHighest Average Incomes: 9,784thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,001stTop
10%
Healthiest Citizens: 13,512thLargest Populations: 13,737thMost Developed: 15,110thLargest Insurance Industry: 16,311thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,932ndMost Cultured: 19,883rdSmartest Citizens: 20,344thLargest Retail Industry: 20,591stMost Secular: 22,111thHighest Food Quality: 22,209thMost Efficient Economies: 24,006thLowest Crime Rates: 24,242nd
Top
5%
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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 Efficient Economies.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : 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 Most Efficient Economies.
  • : 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 Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Bentus was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Bentus's influence in The Local Cluster rose from "Auxiliary" to "Negotiator".

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