by Max Barry

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 481st Largest Soda Pop Sector: 636th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 982nd
The Duchies-Coterie of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Inequality is inevitable
Influence
Unproven
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Buten

Population9.885 billion

CapitalCirault Astrad
Leaderthe Coterie Council of Fiscal Affairs
FaithProfiteering

CurrencyFlorin
AnimalBeaver

The Duchies-Coterie of Buten is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by the Coterie Council of Fiscal Affairs with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, otherworldly petting zoo, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 9.885 billion Butens have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny, corrupt government prioritizes Industry, although Education, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, while Welfare and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cirault Astrad. The average income tax rate is 2.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Buten economy, worth a remarkable 2,043 trillion Florins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an amazing 206,735 Florins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

It is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again, cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans, and bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Buten's national animal is the Beaver, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Profiteering.

Buten is ranked 160,299th in the world and 902nd in Europeia for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.4 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 481stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 636thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 982ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,361stTop
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Most Influential: 1,690thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,745thFattest Citizens: 1,753rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,072ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,345thMost Efficient Economies: 2,480thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,780thLargest Mining Sector: 2,858thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,272ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,303rdLargest Black Market: 3,397thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,034thHighest Average Incomes: 4,939thRudest Citizens: 4,963rdHighest Economic Output: 5,203rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,967thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,252ndMost Subsidized Industry: 6,790thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 8,258thHighest Crime Rates: 8,582ndSmartest Citizens: 12,206thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,281stMost Cultured: 13,648thMost Developed: 13,797thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,086th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 11th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 24th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 26th in the regionLargest Black Market: 27th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 34th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 37th in the regionRudest Citizens: 43rd in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 55th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 56th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 73rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 82nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 86th in the regionLargest Populations: 91st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Buten was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Buten's influence in Europeia rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Buten relocated from Lazarus to Europeia.
  • : Buten was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Buten ceased to exist in The North Pacific.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, cooking with water and baking soda is considered patent infringement.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again.
  • : Following new legislation in Buten, immersive video game experiences are interrupted by incessant disclaimer pop-ups.

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