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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,139th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,046th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,769th
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Military Democracy of Birtonia

Population8.492 billion

CapitalThe Spire
FaithImperial Cult

AnimalWhite Bear

The Imperium of Military Democracy of Birtonia is a colossal, cultured nation, remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, parental licensing program, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.492 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 1,371 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 161,524 Shivaltiers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

War criminals are given full state funerals, the practice of capital punishment proves divisive, wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps, and environmentalists have found an unusual ally in soldiers of fortune. 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 8,650th in the world and 431st in Balder for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 8,497.29 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,139thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,046thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,769thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,943rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,248thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,369thLargest Governments: 4,814thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,887thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,944thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,198thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,969thSafest: 8,030thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,514thLargest Mining Sector: 8,650thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,489thHighest Economic Output: 9,545thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,922ndHighest Average Incomes: 10,612thLargest Black Market: 11,574thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,538thMost Efficient Economies: 14,649thMost Authoritarian: 15,560thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,043rd
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 132nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 132nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 202nd in the regionLargest Governments: 234th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 237th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 269th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 278th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 327th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 356th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 417th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 420th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 431st in the regionSafest: 477th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 486th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 509th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 512th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 517th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 525th in the region

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