by Max Barry

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,598thMost Influential: 3,312thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,854th
The Representative Democracy of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
What is dead may never die
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population2.563 billion

LeaderGeorge Brady

AnimalGreat Horned Owl

The Representative Democracy of Bethania is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by George Brady with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.563 billion Bethanians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tyto. The average income tax rate is 81.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Bethanian economy, worth 170 trillion Florens a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 66,515 Florens, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days, you can't put down the nation's attitude to pet health, and the fire protection service is wholly government-funded. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bethania's national animal is the Great Horned Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Bethania is ranked 30,658th in the world and 257th in Europeia for Most Developed, scoring 75 on the Human Development Index.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,598thMost Influential: 3,312thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,854thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,159thBest Weather: 9,801stMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,114thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,134thNicest Citizens: 10,401stHealthiest Citizens: 11,300thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,696thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 13,051stLargest Welfare Programs: 13,511thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,780thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,984thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,981stMost Inclusive: 17,109thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,376thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,683rdMost Income Equality: 19,084thSafest: 19,820thMost Pacifist: 21,919thSmartest Citizens: 21,982ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,412thLowest Crime Rates: 23,878th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 34th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 59th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 66th in the region

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