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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 150thLargest Black Market: 159thHighest Poor Incomes: 223rd
The Artsy Angel of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Communists
Life is like getting pregnant. You get f*cked a lot.
Influence
Eminence Grise
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Bendicion

Population18.822 billion

CapitalGrand Kalipzty Bendianii
LeaderMary Jane Reinaldi
FaithChristianity

CurrencyDolere
AnimalBald Eagle

The Artsy Angel of Bendicion is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Mary Jane Reinaldi with an even hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, compulsory military service, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 18.822 billion Bendians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Kalipzty Bendianii. The average income tax rate is 93.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bendian economy, worth a remarkable 9,020 trillion Doleres a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 479,243 Doleres, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bendicion's airwaves are dominated by corporate-backed commercial radio, ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box, the Farmer's Almanac is the most popular college textbook, and historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bendicion's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Bendicion is ranked 257,023rd in the world and 33rd in Democritus for Least Corrupt Governments, with 2.62 percentage of bribes refused.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 150thLargest Black Market: 159thHighest Poor Incomes: 223rdMost Subsidized Industry: 243rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 360thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 393rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 407thMost Secular: 418thLargest Retail Industry: 458thHighest Average Incomes: 464thMost Efficient Economies: 656thLargest Publishing Industry: 718thRudest Citizens: 729thHighest Economic Output: 782ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 943rdMost Armed: 991stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,084thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,298thMost Patriotic: 1,382ndMost Developed: 1,391stMost Cultured: 1,491stLongest Average Lifespans: 1,636thSmartest Citizens: 1,665thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,020thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,156thLargest Governments: 2,340thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,629thHealthiest Citizens: 2,812thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,598thMost Influential: 4,297thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,790thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,984thHighest Food Quality: 5,656thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,518thNudest: 6,632ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,703rdLargest Mining Sector: 8,020thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,417thLowest Crime Rates: 9,527thTop
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Largest Populations: 12,991stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,676thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,547thLargest Agricultural Sector: 25,060thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 25,454th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, the Farmer's Almanac is the most popular college textbook.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, Bendicion's airwaves are dominated by corporate-backed commercial radio.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, mandatory neutering has made purebred dogs a thing of the past.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, demand for gourmet white truffles is on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, it's rare to find an unchewed pencil.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, mothers drive their college-graduate children to work.
  • : Following new legislation in Bendicion, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Bendicion as a reminder of their "special relationship".

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