by Max Barry

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Largest Retail Industry: 424th Rudest Citizens: 697th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,403rd
The United States of
Corporate Bordello
Unity, Discipline, Work
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population4.285 billion



The United States of Bentwaters is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its national health service, complete lack of prisons, and unlimited-speed roads. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 4.285 billion Bentwatersians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 5.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Bentwatersian economy, worth 764 trillion dollars a year, is led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 178,452 dollars, with the richest citizens earning 5.0 times as much as the poorest.

Lobbyists are trying to convince government to recategorize most natural disasters as "non-critical naturogenic inconveniences", rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Bentwaters's mid-life crisis, and beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings. Crime is totally unknown. Bentwaters's national animal is the leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is none.

Bentwaters is ranked 8,545th in the world and 260th in the South Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 412.3 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 424thRudest Citizens: 697thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,403rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,656thTop
Most Influential: 1,836thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,310thMost Cultured: 4,086thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,497thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,512thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,528thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,531stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,652ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,946thMost Inclusive: 5,556thNicest Citizens: 6,783rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,637thHighest Average Incomes: 7,947thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 8,516thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,545thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,729thMost Developed: 8,813thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,585thSmartest Citizens: 9,977thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,369thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,335thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,593rdMost Secular: 12,820thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,901stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14,486thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,250th
Largest Retail Industry: 16th in the regionRudest Citizens: 28th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 42nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 52nd in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 106th in the regionMost Cultured: 113th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 125th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 136th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 142nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 148th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 157th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 164th in the regionMost Influential: 184th in the regionMost Inclusive: 197th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 199th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 211th in the regionNicest Citizens: 231st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 252nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 260th in the regionMost Developed: 267th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 268th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 277th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 294th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 308th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 309th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 322nd in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 353rd in the regionMost Stationary: 373rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 375th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 403rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 422nd in the regionMost Secular: 442nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 486th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 497th in the regionLargest Populations: 526th in the regionLargest Black Market: 587th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 668th in the regionSafest: 673rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bentwaters was endorsed by The People's Republic of Malonereich.
  • : Bentwaters was endorsed by The WA Republic of Qawe.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Bentwaters's mid-life crisis.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, lobbyists are trying to convince government to recategorize most natural disasters as "non-critical naturogenic inconveniences".
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, signatures have been replaced with illegible scribbles.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, evenings at university debating societies often end with everyone acknowledging both sides may well be right.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, sausages are seldomly seen in the supermarket.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, supermarket milk is a shear-thickening fluid that can stop small-caliber bullets.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 110 » Erinor, The Solar System Scope, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Tsunamy, Farengeto, Kringalia, Aidenfieeld, Sandaoguo, Rebel-topia, Luddinlande, Quiescent, Jehenna, Wyatonians, The naked people, Hanguk-Nippon, Linguiniland, Darakin, Escevola, Lambdaland, Belschaft, Aywhyou, Kholdan, Moreana, Poopisiya, La Ascension, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Theorin, Volaworand, Sedunn, Calistan, Techganet, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Paranoia, Rhetiaa, Drugged Monkeys, Tsvetania, New Briantown, Jaxon, PASTIR, Nova Montron, Freedwanda, Avalonica, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Silberne Wache, The National Corporation, Barabarom, Isokenzar, Anachronolandia, USNE2018, and 60 others.Cuuldere, Vincent Field, Agalaesia, Saciu, Kandorith, Xandev, Auphelia, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Qvait, Birdkeeper, Herbert Island, Akindom, Jahass, Academy of Umbrellas, Wehraboos, The Filippinas, North Catimestistrianes, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, Ostanasia, Stoniamera, Ariankido, Pays de Loire, Spearos, Nowa Europa, Churumduul, New Juan Carlos Land, Novagentum, North Erfton, Amerion, Wild Space, Great Africans, Phanama, Ratoninburg, PenguinPies, Aurcania, Dasko, World United, North Prarie, Republic Clovakh, Laropsa, Srevana, Ave Gloriana, Drystar, Ketathinamiri Islands, Higash, Land Without Shrimp, Omiri, Concrete Slab, Sodor and Mann, Imperial Duck, Mapico, Marinho Islands, Empa Aserium, Gecetesse, Benstralis, Romanus Terrae, Samogitija, Des Nak Neers, Qawe, and Malonereich.

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