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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,204th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,923rd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,661st
The Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Loyalty or Death
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Military Democracy of Birtonia

Population9.08 billion

CapitalThe Spire
FaithImperial Cult

CurrencyShivaltier
AnimalWhite Bear

The Imperium of Military Democracy of Birtonia is a colossal, cultured nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, smutty television, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.08 billion Birtonians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Spire. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Military Democracy of Birtonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,463 trillion Shivaltiers a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 161,155 Shivaltiers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

The national security service are a bunch of crooks, millions of Birtonians are excellent swimmers, boys who even ask about cheerleading are placed on the Sex Offenders Register, and captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Military Democracy of Birtonia's national animal is the White Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

Military Democracy of Birtonia is ranked 15,195th in the world and 894th in Osiris for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 296.39 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,204thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,923rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,661stMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,643rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,228thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,259thLargest Governments: 4,762ndMost Corrupt Governments: 4,850thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,394thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,282ndSafest: 7,691stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,113thLargest Mining Sector: 8,380thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,572ndHighest Economic Output: 9,265thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,409thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,364thHighest Average Incomes: 10,408thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,569thMost Authoritarian: 14,257thMost Efficient Economies: 14,989thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,195thLargest Black Market: 15,299th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 62nd in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 123rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 154th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 187th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 216th in the regionLargest Governments: 217th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 247th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 303rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 303rd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 372nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 409th in the regionSafest: 425th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 476th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 484th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 516th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 539th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 553rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 569th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 600th in the region

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