by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 700thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,484thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,697th
The Hegemony of
Father Knows Best State
Ite, Pro Populo!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population10.578 billion

CapitalNew Epochal
Leaderthe people

CurrencyCredit Round

The Hegemony of Beutarch is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by the people with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 10.578 billion Beutarchians 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 large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Epochal. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Beutarchian economy, worth a remarkable 2,377 trillion Credit Rounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 224,725 Credit Rounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Illegal book-trafficking rings dominate the black market, panicking criminals no longer flush contraband down the toilet, therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads, and Big Brother is still watching even when your big brother is dead. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Beutarch's national animal is the Walrus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Beutarch is ranked 228,524th in the world and 8,770th in Lazarus for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 19.45 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Most Secular: 700thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,484thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,697thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,898thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,173rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,343rdTop
Most Developed: 2,512thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,578thLargest Governments: 2,676thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,809thLowest Crime Rates: 2,895thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,902ndLargest Black Market: 3,755thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,879thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,912thSmartest Citizens: 4,013thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,302ndLargest Welfare Programs: 4,386thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,387thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,673rdMost Inclusive: 4,832ndHighest Average Incomes: 4,932ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,226thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,035thMost Patriotic: 6,340thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,792ndHighest Economic Output: 7,038thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,616thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,078thHighest Food Quality: 8,929thBest Weather: 9,483rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,588thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 15,606thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,713thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 22,245thMost Cultured: 23,357th
Most Secular: 22nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 59th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 83rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 83rd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 104th in the regionMost Developed: 108th in the regionLargest Governments: 124th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 137th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 151st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 175th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 178th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 179th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 182nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 183rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 185th in the regionMost Inclusive: 192nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 196th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 212th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 224th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 233rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 256th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 259th in the regionMost Patriotic: 291st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 324th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 351st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 375th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 423rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 428th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 444th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 526th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 605th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 879th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 881st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Beutarch was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Beutarch was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Beutarch's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Beutarch was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Beutarch's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Beutarch was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Beutarch's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Beutarch altered its national flag.
  • : Beutarch was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Beutarch ceased to exist in Cobalt Network.


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