by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,184th Most Influential: 2,469th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,898th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Might Makes Right
Ian Smith
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population2.407 billion

LeaderIan Smith


The Empire of Betremia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Ian Smith with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, parental licensing program, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.407 billion Betremians 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Salisbury. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 39.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Betremian economy, worth 394 trillion Deniers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 163,901 Deniers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 506,857 per year while the poor average 40,862, a ratio of 12.4 to 1.

Homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them, park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers, private businesses are paving paradises to put up parking lots, and excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Betremia's national animal is the Panther, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Betremia is ranked 143,790th in the world and 5,355th in The East Pacific for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring -6.88 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,184thMost Influential: 2,469thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,898thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,487thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,757thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,698thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,432ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,749thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,814thLargest Black Market: 6,943rdTop
Largest Retail Industry: 9,531stHighest Average Incomes: 10,211thMost Efficient Economies: 12,530thMost Developed: 13,488thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,336thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,185thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,196thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,743rd
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 75th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 97th in the regionLargest Black Market: 115th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 117th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 123rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 135th in the regionMost Influential: 159th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 163rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 199th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 215th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 218th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 300th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 396th in the regionMost Developed: 398th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 441st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 449th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 453rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 457th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 460th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 466th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 506th in the regionMost Stationary: 509th in the regionLargest Governments: 509th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 598th in the regionBest Weather: 607th in the region

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