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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,738thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,543rdLargest Publishing Industry: 6,526th
The Crowned Republic of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Oh Betmetian Youth, Raise the Sound of Betmet
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Betmet

Population10.539 billion

CapitalPort des Roses

CurrencyRidger
AnimalRoyal Bull

The Crowned Republic of Betmet is a gargantuan, genial nation, notable for its keen interest in outer space, national health service, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 10.539 billion Betmetians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Port des Roses. The average income tax rate is 84.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Betmetian economy, worth a remarkable 1,376 trillion Ridgers a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 130,564 Ridgers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Giggling elementary school newspaper reporters want to know why Leader is a silly poophead, government expenses are beyond compare, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Betmet to be bombproof, and therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Betmet's national animal is the Royal Bull, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Betmet is ranked 257,987th in the world and 72nd in Ridgefield for Most Devout, with 6.3 prayers per hour.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,738thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,543rdLargest Publishing Industry: 6,526thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,595thNicest Citizens: 6,725thMost Pacifist: 6,743rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,789thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,391stSafest: 7,470thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,963rdLongest Average Lifespans: 8,593rdBest Weather: 9,069thMost Developed: 9,086thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,246thHighest Food Quality: 9,306thMost Inclusive: 9,448thMost Influential: 9,954thSmartest Citizens: 10,037thMost Cultured: 10,118thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,426thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,811thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,128thHealthiest Citizens: 11,274thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,340thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,449thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,744thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 15,189thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,736thLargest Governments: 18,048thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,772ndMost Efficient Economies: 19,094thHighest Economic Output: 20,645thMost Secular: 23,162ndLowest Crime Rates: 24,637th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Betmet, therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads.
  • : Following new legislation in Betmet, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Betmet to be bombproof.
  • : Following new legislation in Betmet, government expenses are beyond compare.
  • : Following new legislation in Betmet, giggling elementary school newspaper reporters want to know why Leader is a silly poophead.
  • : Following new legislation in Betmet, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.
  • : Following new legislation in Betmet, residents of houses built on a foundation of wishful thinking are prone to an odd sinking feeling.
  • : Following new legislation in Betmet, internet searches for the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered Betmetian weed picker are way up.
  • : Following new legislation in Betmet, builders across Betmet are blocked up with orders for new public loos.
  • : Betmet's influence in Ridgefield rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Betmet endorsed The Empire of Vunderstandenhall.

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