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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 131st Lowest Crime Rates: 222nd Most Pacifist: 259th
The Principality of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Justice, Piety, Loyalty
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Bienenhalde

Population4.01 billion

LeaderPrince Anselm
FaithPietistic Lutheranism

CurrencyMark
Animalhoney bee

The Principality of Bienenhalde is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Prince Anselm with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 4.01 billion Bienenhalders are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Administration, and Education. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Bienenhaldish economy, worth 804 trillion Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 200,606 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The national Police Academies have dedicated infant wings, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Bienenhalde City to enjoy their national art, in distant lands the nation is known as a lovely place that was even better in the good old days, and people who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bienenhalde's national animal is the honey bee, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Pietistic Lutheranism.

Bienenhalde is ranked 32,517th in the world and 78th in The Glorious Nations of Iwaku for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 221,217.99 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 131stLowest Crime Rates: 222ndMost Pacifist: 259thMost Devout: 264thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 351stSafest: 382ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 434thBest Weather: 461stMost Developed: 538thMost Beautiful Environments: 539thHighest Average Tax Rates: 549thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 618thLongest Average Lifespans: 662ndLargest Governments: 706thHealthiest Citizens: 873rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 937thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,024thMost Cultured: 1,258thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,421stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,465thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,511thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,553rdTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,722ndMost Inclusive: 1,838thNicest Citizens: 1,840thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,614thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,617thSmartest Citizens: 5,091stHighest Average Incomes: 5,445thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,907thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,260thMost Conservative: 7,657thMost Efficient Economies: 8,021stTop
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Most Authoritarian: 9,775thMost Income Equality: 10,838th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Conservative: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 18th in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 22nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 33rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 33rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bienenhalde, people who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size.
  • : Following new legislation in Bienenhalde, in distant lands the nation is known as a lovely place that was even better in the good old days.
  • : Following new legislation in Bienenhalde, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Bienenhalde City to enjoy their national art.
  • : Following new legislation in Bienenhalde, the national Police Academies have dedicated infant wings.
  • : Bienenhalde was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Bienenhalde, naturists are jailed regularly for indecent exposure.
  • : Following new legislation in Bienenhalde, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.
  • : Following new legislation in Bienenhalde, the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed.
  • : Following new legislation in Bienenhalde, basic multiplication is all you need to know to have a child.
  • : Following new legislation in Bienenhalde, the nation's air force consists of strongly-worded letters folded into paper airplanes.

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