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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,730thMost Primitive: 2,648thMost Devout: 3,495th
The Lawgivers of
Psychotic Dictatorship
In the Body you will find contentment and fulfillment
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Weak
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Beta III

Population4.231 billion

CapitalThe Hall of Audiences
LeaderLandru
FaithThe Body

CurrencyStave
AnimalArchon

The Lawgivers of Beta III is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Landru with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, punitive income tax rates, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.231 billion Betans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Hall of Audiences. The average income tax rate is 72.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Betan economy, worth 131 trillion Staves 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 large, well-organized, highly specialized black market in Trout Farming and Arms Manufacturing. 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 31,009 Staves, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bands of adventurers rove the countryside searching for monsters, the nation's train stations are widely considered to be the ugliest in United Earth Space Probe Agency, it's a miracle that there aren't more plane crashes, and the hills are alive with the smell of burning flesh. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Beta III's national animal is the Archon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Body.

Beta III is ranked 48,028th in the world and 50th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 36.08 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,730thTop
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Most Primitive: 2,648thMost Devout: 3,495thMost Authoritarian: 4,684thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,183rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,756thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,968thMost Income Equality: 9,127thMost Patriotic: 11,299thTop
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Best Weather: 16,845thMost Extreme: 19,233rdMost Corrupt Governments: 20,029thLargest Black Market: 20,471stMost Conservative: 20,658thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,796th
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Most Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Patriotic: 7th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 11th in the regionMost Primitive: 12th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Conservative: 15th in the regionMost Income Equality: 16th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Beta III was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Patriotic.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, the hills are alive with the smell of burning flesh.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, it's a miracle that there aren't more plane crashes.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, the nation's train stations are widely considered to be the ugliest in United Earth Space Probe Agency.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, bands of adventurers rove the countryside searching for monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, phone taps are frequently carried out by the police.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, the dartboard at the Betan Cancer Research Charity bears a picture of Landru's face.
  • : Beta III was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Patriotic.
  • : Beta III was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Patriotic.
  • : Beta III was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.

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