by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 338th Largest Publishing Industry: 391st Largest Information Technology Sector: 457th
The Serene Principally of
Corrupt Dictatorship
In Vino Veritas
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population14.613 billion

LeaderPrince DeFacto III


The Serene Principally of Bredtonia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prince DeFacto III with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, digital currency, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 14.613 billion Bredtonians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bredtburg. The average income tax rate is 70.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bredtonian economy, worth a remarkable 4,274 trillion Bottles 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Tourism, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 292,501 Bottles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Shady doctors seem to have impeccable records, nephews and nieces of the monarch resort to begging from relatives in palace halls, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space, and cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high. Crime is totally unknown. Bredtonia's national animal is the Turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Bredtonia is ranked 17,241st in the world and 521st in Lazarus for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Largest Black Market: 338thLargest Publishing Industry: 391stLargest Information Technology Sector: 457thHighest Poor Incomes: 577thMost Cultured: 602ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 688thHealthiest Citizens: 1,097thMost Efficient Economies: 1,324thSmartest Citizens: 1,462ndMost Developed: 1,501stTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 1,635thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,710thHighest Average Incomes: 1,732ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,837thHighest Economic Output: 1,877thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,993rdLongest Average Lifespans: 2,296thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,776thMost Inclusive: 3,286thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,785thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,881stBest Weather: 6,596thMost Secular: 6,884thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,824thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,929thLargest Governments: 8,037thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,557thLowest Crime Rates: 8,739thLargest Populations: 10,076thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,738thMost Pacifist: 10,806thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,861stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,394thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,069th
Largest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 20th in the regionMost Cultured: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 22nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 32nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 47th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 49th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 53rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 65th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 75th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 76th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 80th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 85th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 85th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 93rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 93rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 131st in the regionMost Inclusive: 136th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 302nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 315th in the regionBest Weather: 318th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 318th in the regionMost Secular: 326th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 343rd in the regionLargest Governments: 429th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 435th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 470th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 472nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bredtonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in Bredtonia, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.
  • : Following new legislation in Bredtonia, space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space.
  • : Bredtonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Bredtonia, nephews and nieces of the monarch resort to begging from relatives in palace halls.
  • : Following new legislation in Bredtonia, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.
  • : Following new legislation in Bredtonia, torture is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Bredtonia, doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion.
  • : Bredtonia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Bredtonia's influence in Lazarus fell from "Sprat" to "Minnow".


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