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Most Armed: 3,697thMost Patriotic: 5,655thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,081st
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Theberstan

Population1.966 billion

CapitalKuzmingrad
LeaderLudmil Tarasov

CurrencyTheberstani Credit
AnimalPolar Bear

The Retro Sci-fi Realms of Theberstan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Ludmil Tarasov with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.966 billion Theberstani 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while International Aid receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kuzmingrad. The average income tax rate is 68.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Theberstani economy, worth 253 trillion Theberstani Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 129,019 Theberstani Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Women wearing male lounge-wear are quizzed for hours by mental health practitioners, police conduct weekly raids looking for contraband cheeseburgers, people talk about their libido as if it were an STD, and tabloids coo over Ludmil Tarasov's expected child. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Theberstan's national animal is the Polar Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Theberstan is ranked 25,052nd in the world and 39th in Institute of Cellulose for Most Conservative, scoring 77.38 on the Bush-Santorum Dawning Terror Index.

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Most Armed: 3,697thMost Patriotic: 5,655thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,081stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,715thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,967thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,429thMost Devout: 9,860thLargest Mining Sector: 11,474thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 12,534thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,898thLargest Retail Industry: 13,250thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,030thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,154thLowest Crime Rates: 14,161stMost Corrupt Governments: 14,793rdMost Developed: 15,969thMost Efficient Economies: 18,176thHighest Average Incomes: 20,278thLargest Governments: 21,454th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionMost Devout: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 14th in the regionMost Patriotic: 22nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Stationary: 23rd in the region

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