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Highest Crime Rates: 3,241stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,438thMost Avoided: 5,763rd
The Intercepted Delivery of
Father Knows Best State
Beta VI wants its supplies. Let's get there in a hurry
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Few

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Beta VI

Population4.387 billion

CapitalColony Beta VI
LeaderElias Vaughn

CurrencyFederation Credit
AnimalBurkhardt's disease

The Intercepted Delivery of Beta VI is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Elias Vaughn with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, flagrant waste-dumping, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 4.387 billion Betans 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Colony Beta VI. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 27.6%.

The strong Betan economy, worth 229 trillion Federation Credits a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 52,296 Federation Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 202,621 per year while the poor average 9,250, a ratio of 21.9 to 1.

Stale 'yo mamma' insults have been replaced by 'your maternal DNA' insults, the military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan, breastfeeding mothers are replacing smokers to loiter outside the workplace, and carpet bombing has decimated Brasilistan's landscape and population. Crime is pervasive. Beta VI's national animal is the Burkhardt's disease, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Beta VI is ranked 238,935th in the world and 205th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Lowest Crime Rates, with 25.37 law-abiding acts per hour.

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Highest Crime Rates: 3,241stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,438thMost Avoided: 5,763rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,969thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,884thTop
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Most Armed: 14,293rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,636thMost Ignorant Citizens: 17,531stMost Primitive: 18,445thLargest Black Market: 19,565thLargest Mining Sector: 22,147th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 13th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Avoided: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 19th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 19th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Beta VI was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, carpet bombing has decimated Brasilistan's landscape and population.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, breastfeeding mothers are replacing smokers to loiter outside the workplace.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, the military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, stale 'yo mamma' insults have been replaced by 'your maternal DNA' insults.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, the nation's secret service is so secret that nobody knows if it has one.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, town nameplates frequently raise giggles from passing tourists.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, everyone suspects that everyone else is a terrorist.
  • : Beta VI was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Beta VI was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.

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