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Most Devout: 2,971st Least Corrupt Governments: 3,692nd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,704th
The Refugee Nation of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Never Again
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Essu Beti

Population5.314 billion

CapitalTasiltu Al Kissuti
LeaderPresident Amal Kulkarni


The Refugee Nation of Essu Beti is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Amal Kulkarni with a fair hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, pith helmet sales, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 5.314 billion Betians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tasiltu Al Kissuti. The average income tax rate is 78.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Betian economy, worth 295 trillion rils a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 55,521 rils, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Doctors accused of having no heart reply that cardiology isn't their speciality, there is something rotten in the state of Essu Beti, babies are increasingly seen as a luxury, and truancy levels are on the rise ever since school registers were banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Essu Beti's national animal is the avialan, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Beuwan.

Essu Beti is ranked 103,883rd in the world and 4,657th in Lazarus for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 56.48 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Devout: 2,971stLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,692ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,704thBest Weather: 6,442ndMost Inclusive: 7,508thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,024thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 8,792ndNicest Citizens: 9,111thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,181stLargest Welfare Programs: 10,189thMost Cultured: 10,469thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,080thMost Pacifist: 12,762ndMost Advanced Public Education: 13,142ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,182ndSafest: 14,622nd
Most Devout: 176th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 187th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 263rd in the regionBest Weather: 333rd in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 378th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 429th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 465th in the regionNicest Citizens: 475th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 574th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 612th in the regionMost Cultured: 613th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 653rd in the region

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