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Largest Black Market: 87thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 121stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 127th
The Disputed Territories of
Father Knows Best State
In Defeat Malice; in Victory Revenge
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Bettongia

Population40.075 billion

CapitalBettongia City
LeaderScrappy

CurrencyOat
AnimalBettong

The Disputed Territories of Bettongia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Scrappy with an iron fist, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, complete lack of prisons, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 40.075 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 Social Policy not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bettongia City. The average income tax rate is 60.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Bettongish economy, worth an astonishing 16,332 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 common. Average income is an amazing 407,556 Oats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

Colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Bettong', mandatory updates on software drivers often bring life to a halt, female newsreaders distract the nation by breastfeeding during broadcast, and corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with. 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 27,996th in the world and 906th in Osiris for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 4,266.06 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Black Market: 87thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 121stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 127thLargest Populations: 136thHighest Economic Output: 146thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 157thMost Patriotic: 222ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 288thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 303rdFattest Citizens: 518thMost Armed: 519thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 687thHighest Average Incomes: 745thMost Avoided: 880thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 960thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,088thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,389thHighest Crime Rates: 1,548thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,709thMost Secular: 1,747thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,832ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,871stTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,148thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,518thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,757thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,289thLargest Governments: 5,149thMost Stationary: 5,853rdRudest Citizens: 7,138thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,351stSmartest Citizens: 10,158thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 11,134thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,299thMost Influential: 12,690th
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Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Patriotic: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 16th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Avoided: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 33rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 38th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 41st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 44th in the regionMost Secular: 52nd in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 71st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 72nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 79th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 84th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 96th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 102nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 115th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 163rd in the regionMost Influential: 242nd in the regionLargest Governments: 252nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 312th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 372nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 457th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 473rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 509th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 635th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, corporations have to consult a fifty-page "sanctions spreadsheet" to determine which countries they are allowed to do business with.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, female newsreaders distract the nation by breastfeeding during broadcast.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, mandatory updates on software drivers often bring life to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, colonials are offended to find a local animal has been re-named the 'Furry Four-Legged Marsupial Bettong'.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, recent events have left citizens both shaken and stirred.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, the navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Bettongia, rural Bettongs stare in awe at the bright lights of the big cities.

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