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Largest Black Market: 924thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,757thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,225th
The Spiral Empire of
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When you've got a bad hand, raise until they blink.
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Population12.348 billion



The Spiral Empire of Bycrest is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Bromious with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 12.348 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 primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Healthcare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tepplin. The average income tax rate is 71.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Bycrestian economy, worth a remarkable 2,810 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 227,581 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone, school plays were recently banned due to concerns of child endangerment, lavish state dinners in Tepplin are the state's leading budgetary expenditure, and plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go. 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 115,450th in the world and 13th in Winterfell for Most Pro-Market, scoring 43.22 on the Rand Index.

Largest Black Market: 924thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,757thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,225thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,630thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,769thLargest Mining Sector: 3,882ndLargest Insurance Industry: 3,888thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,396thHighest Average Incomes: 4,436thMost Influential: 4,508thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,617thHighest Economic Output: 4,664thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,904thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,340thMost Secular: 6,090thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,219thMost Stationary: 7,996thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,713thTop
Smartest Citizens: 11,298thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,693rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,967thLargest Governments: 11,970thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,539thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,916thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,052ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,325thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,507thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,945thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,621stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18,672ndLowest Crime Rates: 19,193rdLargest Populations: 20,118th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the region

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