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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,496th Largest Retail Industry: 1,573rd Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,607th
The Benevolent Dictatorship of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Mater Enim Lagois Terra
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Factbook Dispatches Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend

Byrd Land

Population3.69 billion

CapitalArx
LeaderLegate Pember
FaithSecularism

CurrencyAurum
AnimalDolphin

The Benevolent Dictatorship of Byrd Land is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Legate Pember with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, anti-smoking policies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.69 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 665 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 180,352 Aurums, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 799,045 per year while the poor average 25,422, a ratio of 31.4 to 1.

Retail staff are trained to take both inside leg measurements and the lives of their enemies, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries, peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop, and a lack of funding for new shows has turned television into 24/7 re-runs. 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 172,908th in the world and 267th in Enadia for Safest, scoring 7.61 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,496thLargest Retail Industry: 1,573rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,607thNudest: 1,758thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,851stMost Avoided: 1,900thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,944thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,429thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,496thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,784thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,126thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,333rdLargest Mining Sector: 3,358thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,479thFattest Citizens: 5,241stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,319thMost Armed: 5,874thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,107thHighest Average Incomes: 7,196thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,555thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,558thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,746thMost Secular: 10,962ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,196thRudest Citizens: 12,581stLargest Insurance Industry: 12,944thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,183rdHighest Economic Output: 18,176th
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 12th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionRudest Citizens: 22nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 24th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Byrd Land was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Following new legislation in Byrd Land, a lack of funding for new shows has turned television into 24/7 re-runs.
  • : Following new legislation in Byrd Land, peace talks occasionally rack up a higher body count than the wars they seek to stop.
  • : Byrd Land was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Byrd Land's influence in Enadia rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Following new legislation in Byrd Land, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries.
  • : Following new legislation in Byrd Land, retail staff are trained to take both inside leg measurements and the lives of their enemies.
  • : Following new legislation in Byrd Land, there's a revolutionary culture in the nation's dairies.
  • : Following new legislation in Byrd Land, meteorologists are instantly recognizable from their luxury cars and jewelry.
  • : Following new legislation in Byrd Land, foreigners are treated with great suspicion.

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