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Largest Black Market: 130thLargest Populations: 135thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 141st
The Disputed Territories of
Father Knows Best State
In Defeat Malice; in Victory Revenge
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Bettongia

Population37.749 billion

CapitalBettongia City
LeaderScrappy

CurrencyOat
AnimalBettong

The Disputed Territories of Bettongia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Scrappy with an iron fist, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, complete lack of prisons, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 37.749 billion Bettongs 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, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Spirituality and Welfare not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bettongia City. The average income tax rate is 46.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Bettongish economy, worth an astonishing 14,330 trillion Oats a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 379,632 Oats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great Bettongish Liberator", bar brawls are an hourly occurrence, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life, and the tax department is having withdrawal symptoms. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Bettongia's national animal is the Bettong, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bettongia is ranked 207,117th in the world and 7,450th in Osiris for Lowest Crime Rates, with 5.01 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Largest Black Market: 130thLargest Populations: 135thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 141stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 159thHighest Economic Output: 171stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 217thLargest Information Technology Sector: 351stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 359thFattest Citizens: 501stMost Armed: 546thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 621stHighest Average Incomes: 885thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,296thHighest Crime Rates: 1,377thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,538thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,659thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,756thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,766thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,431stMost Secular: 2,520thMost Avoided: 2,626thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,800thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,024thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,330thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,788thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,878thLargest Governments: 5,355thMost Stationary: 6,414thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,964thRudest Citizens: 9,232ndSmartest Citizens: 10,372ndTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 10,845thMost Influential: 13,916th
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Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Armed: 16th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 37th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 52nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 53rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 54th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 69th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 73rd in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 77th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 78th in the regionMost Secular: 93rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 106th in the regionMost Avoided: 140th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 150th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 171st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 196th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 216th in the regionMost Influential: 239th in the regionLargest Governments: 254th in the regionRudest Citizens: 350th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 466th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 490th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 505th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, the tax department is having withdrawal symptoms.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, on-call doctors who check their pagers during movies are banned from cinemas for life.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, bar brawls are an hourly occurrence.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great Bettongish Liberator".
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, sections of the police receive paramilitary training.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, agreeing to appear on TV is often the best way to access social care.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, visitors to Bettongia are microchipped and must be escorted by a Bettongish soldier - even to the bathroom.

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