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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 458th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,754th Lowest Crime Rates: 1,863rd
The Free State of
Corrupt Dictatorship
If you can, Do It
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Empire of Bentopia

Population9.243 billion



The Free State of Empire of Bentopia is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ben with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, ban on automobiles, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.243 billion Bentopians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Blestlow. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Bentopian economy, worth a remarkable 1,434 trillion Bonds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 155,153 Bonds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance, childhood friends of Ben are living it large abroad at the taxpayers' expense, and colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Empire of Bentopia's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Empire of Bentopia is ranked 11,479th in the world and 54th in New Western Empire for Most Cultured, scoring 103 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 458thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 1,754thLowest Crime Rates: 1,863rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,239thBest Weather: 2,359thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,494thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,825thLargest Governments: 2,948thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,979thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,986thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,107thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,873rdLongest Average Lifespans: 3,904thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,910thHealthiest Citizens: 4,233rdMost Efficient Economies: 4,355thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,447thMost Developed: 4,514thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,548thMost Influential: 4,687thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,547thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,554thSafest: 6,850thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,712thTop
Highest Economic Output: 9,679thSmartest Citizens: 10,458thMost Secular: 10,710thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,957thMost Cultured: 11,479thHighest Average Incomes: 11,581stMost Authoritarian: 11,784thMost Inclusive: 12,484th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionMost Income Equality: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionSafest: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25th in the region

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