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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,325thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,955thLargest Retail Industry: 9,433rd
The Steak Empire of
New York Times Democracy
Freedom means steak, steak means hope
TBH Investigating Officer
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population3.808 billion

CapitalThe Citadel


The Steak Empire of Bjourn is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kingsteak with a fair hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, ubiquitous missile silos, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 3.808 billion Bjournians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Citadel. The average income tax rate is 22.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Bjournian economy, worth 393 trillion Coins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 103,241 Coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government loves seeing the little people fight, punitive tariffs protect local industry, government spokespeople are working overtime trying to convince concerned citizens that Kingsteak is not a crook, and Kingsteak claims no responsibility for what Kingsteak's government does. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bjourn's national animal is the sheep, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is MiSteakism.

Bjourn is ranked 32,810th in the world and 69th in The Black Hawks for Safest, scoring 106.55 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,325thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,955thLargest Retail Industry: 9,433rdTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 10,886thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,035thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,885th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 37th in the regionMost Stationary: 38th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 41st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 42nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 45th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 54th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 57th in the regionRudest Citizens: 58th in the region

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