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Largest Black Market: 920th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,039th Most Influential: 3,007th
The Spiral Empire of
Father Knows Best State
When you've got a bad hand, raise until they blink.
WA Delegate / Regent
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.733 billion



The Spiral Empire of Bycrest is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Bromious with an iron fist, and remarkable for its closed borders, digital currency, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 8.733 billion Bycrestials are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Education and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tepplin. The average income tax rate is 67.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Bycrestian economy, worth a remarkable 1,803 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 206,542 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

There's a big brother in every prison, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", farting etiquette is taught in schools, and corporate lawyers are switching careers to the more lucrative field of green politics. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bycrest's national animal is the Shadow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Bromism.

Bycrest is ranked 20,519th in the world and 14th in Winterfell for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 6,537.83 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Largest Black Market: 920thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,039thMost Influential: 3,007thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,166thLargest Mining Sector: 3,855thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,315thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,412thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,480thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,497thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,709thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,808thHighest Average Incomes: 5,021stMost Secular: 5,243rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,094thHighest Economic Output: 6,325thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,412thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,847thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,385thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,507thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,774thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,261stMost Stationary: 10,835thSmartest Citizens: 12,583rdLargest Governments: 13,162ndLargest Publishing Industry: 15,037thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,557th
Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the region

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Endorsements Received: 4 » Joelyria, Excited State, Sceyvostan, and Kumogawa.

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