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Largest Retail Industry: 1,281st Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,499th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,500th
The Benevolent Dictatorship of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Mater Enim Lagois Terra
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Benevolent Dictatorship of Byrd Land is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Phil with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.552 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 effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order is also considered important, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arx. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.2%.

The all-consuming Byrd Landic economy, worth 452 trillion Chrysoes 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 Gambling. Average income is an impressive 177,335 Chrysoes, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 833,518 per year while the poor average 22,448, a ratio of 37.1 to 1.

Thousands of former welfare recipients are in a revolutionary uproar as the rest of society is enjoying a hefty tax break, unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves, when people ask what the difference is between politicians and lawyers they are referred to document c15(iv) section 14.1 subsection 3.2 of the Jan 2015 political category definition guidance codes, and male friends are often accompanied by a female relative in order to prove their 'straightness'. Crime is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. 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 22,289th in the world and 4th in The United Alliance of The Wings for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 96.59 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Retail Industry: 1,281stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,499thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,500thTop
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,781stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,858thMost Avoided: 1,867thNudest: 1,895thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,325thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,332ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,717thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,159thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,177thMost Secular: 3,284thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,950thMost Armed: 4,647thLargest Mining Sector: 4,708thFattest Citizens: 5,774thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,905thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6,195thHighest Average Incomes: 6,816thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,245thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,813thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,475thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,406thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,893rd

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