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Largest Retail Industry: 5,482ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,690thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,116th
The United Kingdom of
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Viva la Benelux
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Page
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Powerhouse
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New Benelux

Population582 million

CapitalBrussels

CurrencyBenelux Euro
AnimalRed Fox

The United Kingdom of New Benelux is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, irreverence towards religion, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 582 million Beneluxians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Brussels. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.5%.

The powerhouse Beneluxian economy, worth 53.0 trillion Benelux Euros a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 91,141 Benelux Euros, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 267,037 per year while the poor average 24,536, a ratio of 10.9 to 1.

The army spends more time producing 'romantic videos' than actually training soldiers, most academic research has ground to a halt, the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone, and prudishness is on the way out. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. New Benelux's national animal is the Red Fox.

New Benelux is ranked 76,219th in the world and 83rd in Lands End for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,566.11 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 5,482ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,690thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,116thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,631stLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,388thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,247thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,766thMost Influential: 14,706thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,950thMost Politically Free: 17,370thMost Pacifist: 18,407th
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Most Politically Free: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Pacifist: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : New Benelux's influence in Lands End fell from "Squire" to "Page".
  • : New Benelux was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in New Benelux, prudishness is on the way out.
  • : Following new legislation in New Benelux, the national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone.
  • : Following new legislation in New Benelux, most academic research has ground to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in New Benelux, the army spends more time producing 'romantic videos' than actually training soldiers.
  • : Following new legislation in New Benelux, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.
  • : Following new legislation in New Benelux, doctors prescribe videos of political debates to patients with insomnia.
  • : Following new legislation in New Benelux, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes.
  • : Following new legislation in New Benelux, the new coalition government is so large nobody knows where it begins.

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