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Most Conservative: 3,471st Most Authoritarian: 6,381st Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,855th
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Benzie

Population776 million

CurrencyCoin
AnimalDear

The Oppressed Peoples of Benzie is a huge, safe nation, notable for its state-planned economy, restrictive gun laws, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 776 million Benzieans 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 large, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 46.7%.

The sizeable but inefficient Benziean economy, worth 29.3 trillion Coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Furniture Restoration, and Gambling. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 37,785 Coins, with the richest citizens earning 6.9 times as much as the poorest.

Droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, foreign governments are looking into weaponizing the infamous Benziean bee, school lunches are made with hypo-allergenic wood pulp, and military service is compulsory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Benzie's national animal is the Dear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Benzie is ranked 33,320th in the world and 6th in Infotech Region for Fattest Citizens, with 13 Obesity Rate.

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Most Conservative: 3,471stMost Authoritarian: 6,381stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,855thTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 9,204thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,361stMost Extreme: 14,640th

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