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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,716thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,942ndLargest Retail Industry: 10,811th
The Steak Empire of
New York Times Democracy
Freedom means steak, steak means hope
Kingsteak
Influence
Apprentice
Co-Overseer of Talon Corps
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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Bjourn

Population8.713 billion

CapitalThe Citadel
LeaderKingsteak
FaithMiSteakism

CurrencyCoin
Animalsheep

The Steak Empire of Bjourn is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kingsteak with a fair hand, and notable for its vat-grown people, unlimited-speed roads, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 8.713 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, outspoken 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 23.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Bjournian economy, worth 899 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 103,183 Coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Kingsteak claims no responsibility for what Kingsteak's government does, snap elections are called whenever there's a chance to increase Kingsteak's majority, a popular saying is "a chicken for every pot and an abortion clinic on every street", and the nation is regarded as a paragon of democracy. 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 71,992nd in the world and 96th in The Black Hawks for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 2,743.81 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 3,716thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,942ndLargest Retail Industry: 10,811thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,827thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 15,276thMost Influential: 19,435thLargest Publishing Industry: 20,260thHighest Economic Output: 25,507thSmartest Citizens: 26,963rdMost Secular: 27,472nd
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 22nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 31st in the regionMost Politically Free: 31st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 34th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 36th in the regionRudest Citizens: 38th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bjourn agreed to construct embassies between The Black Hawks and The Western Commonwealth.
  • : Bjourn was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens and Most Secular.
  • : Bjourn was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Bjourn was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Bjourn was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Bjourn was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Bjourn altered its national flag.
  • : Bjourn's influence in The Black Hawks rose from "Newcomer" to "Apprentice".
  • : Bjourn relocated from Lazarus to The Black Hawks.
  • : Bjourn was refounded in Lazarus.

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