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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,407th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,455th Nudest: 1,512th
The Benevolent Dictatorship of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Mater Enim Lagois Terra
Influence
Negotiator
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Byrd Land

Population4.132 billion

CapitalArx
LeaderLegate Pember
FaithSecularism

CurrencyAurum
AnimalDolphin

The Benevolent Dictatorship of Byrd Land is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Legate Pember with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, flagrant waste-dumping, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.132 billion Byrd Landians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arx. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Byrd Landic economy, worth 746 trillion Aurums a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Woodchip Exports, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an impressive 180,546 Aurums, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 792,904 per year while the poor average 25,849, a ratio of 30.7 to 1.

Peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop, a lack of funding for new shows has turned television into 24/7 re-runs, the recital of citations that follows any political speech can be longer than the speech itself, and a cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country. Crime, especially youth-related, is well under control. Byrd Land's national animal is the Dolphin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Secularism.

Byrd Land is ranked 25,103rd in the world and 1st in The Great Conservative Alliance for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 12,762.12 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,407thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,455thNudest: 1,512thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,723rdMost Avoided: 1,753rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,806thLargest Retail Industry: 1,836thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,373rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,431stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,887thLargest Mining Sector: 3,182ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,379thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,422ndLargest Gambling Industry: 4,252ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,106thFattest Citizens: 5,252ndMost Armed: 5,642ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,107thHighest Average Incomes: 7,464thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,600thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,669thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,402ndMost Secular: 11,506thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,695thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,032ndRudest Citizens: 13,848thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,084thHighest Economic Output: 16,877th

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