by Max Barry

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Largest Retail Industry: 1,179th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,382nd Nudest: 1,749th
The Benevolent Dictatorship of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Mater Enim Lagois Terra
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Benevolent Dictatorship of Byrd Land is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Legate Pember with an iron fist, and notable for its prohibition of alcohol, ubiquitous missile silos, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.16 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, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, 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 1.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Byrd Landic economy, worth 567 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 179,669 Aurums, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 828,956 per year while the poor average 23,538, a ratio of 35.2 to 1.

Legate Pember's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued, criminals are executed and their property seized, and museums occasionally burn priceless artifacts in order to intimidate foreign curators. 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 30,163rd in the world and 24th in Enadia for Most Influential, scoring 565 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Largest Retail Industry: 1,179thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,382ndNudest: 1,749thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,781stTop
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,802ndMost Avoided: 1,836thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,921stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,309thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,843rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,971stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,164thLargest Mining Sector: 3,217thMost Secular: 3,534thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,940thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,220thFattest Citizens: 5,745thMost Armed: 5,768thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,103rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,960thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,312thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,798thTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,400thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,885thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,237thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,868thRudest Citizens: 14,072ndLargest Publishing Industry: 14,249th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 6th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 6 » United Republic Empire, Alt-Preussen, The Roman Confederacy, Nordenvic, New Tussia, and Contracorriente.

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