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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 742ndLargest Mining Sector: 979thLargest Retail Industry: 1,575th
The Great Love Story of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Always the better couple
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Beta Couple

Population4.427 billion

CapitalParadise
LeaderWingman
FaithCards

Currencylove
Animaldove

The Great Love Story of Beta Couple is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Wingman with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory vegetarianism, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.427 billion foils 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Administration, although Law & Order, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Paradise. The average income tax rate is 56.6%.

The frighteningly efficient the foil economy, worth 850 trillion loves a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Retail, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 192,114 loves, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens often ask "what has information technology ever done for us?", songs in 4/4 time are simply too common for the musical cognoscenti, citizens have an obligation to remain silent and anything they say may be used against them, and classes are regularly interrupted by drunken children. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Beta Couple's national animal is the dove, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Cards.

Beta Couple is ranked 161,409th in the world and 7,216th in The North Pacific for Lowest Crime Rates, with 57.09 law-abiding acts per hour.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 742ndLargest Mining Sector: 979thLargest Retail Industry: 1,575thMost Avoided: 1,737thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,800thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,863rdTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,872ndLargest Black Market: 3,252ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,411thMost Armed: 4,379thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,102ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,630thFattest Citizens: 7,113thHighest Average Incomes: 7,624thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,837thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,757thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,276thTop
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Most Patriotic: 12,503rdMost Secular: 13,679thMost Authoritarian: 13,996thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,969thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,238thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,422ndMost Conservative: 15,581stMost Efficient Economies: 16,404thLargest Governments: 20,335thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 21,280thHighest Economic Output: 23,230th
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Largest Mining Sector: 19th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 31st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 44th in the regionMost Avoided: 63rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 71st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 86th in the regionLargest Black Market: 92nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 92nd in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 100th in the regionMost Armed: 136th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 158th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 205th in the regionFattest Citizens: 259th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 338th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 343rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 405th in the regionMost Patriotic: 458th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 554th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 600th in the regionMost Secular: 632nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 717th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 734th in the regionMost Stationary: 746th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 752nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 759th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 765th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 773rd in the regionMost Conservative: 791st in the regionLargest Governments: 931st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 944th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Beta Couple, classes are regularly interrupted by drunken children.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Couple, citizens have an obligation to remain silent and anything they say may be used against them.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Couple, songs in 4/4 time are simply too common for the musical cognoscenti.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Couple, citizens often ask "what has information technology ever done for us?".
  • : Beta Couple was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Couple, horns and hypocrisy are the newest exports of Beta Couple.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Couple, pandemics are over and done with by the time it takes to pass the nation's stringent border security.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Couple, sneezing pedestrians are grabbed by alley-lurking doctors.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Couple, tyranny by any other name smells just as sour.
  • : Beta Couple was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.

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