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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,155thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,221stMost Influential: 1,255th
The People's Democratic Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
Survival of The Fittest
Emperor Bintang Starlord Feilhinder
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Bintangland

Population4.502 billion

CapitalDido
LeaderEmperor Bintang Starlord Feilhinder
FaithAtheism

CurrencyStar Dolario
AnimalGiant Star Stag Beetle

The People's Democratic Empire of Bintangland is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Emperor Bintang Starlord Feilhinder with an iron fist, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, enslaved workforce, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.502 billion Bintanglandians 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 tiny, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dido. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Bintanglandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,120 trillion Star Dolarios a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 248,989 Star Dolarios, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,074,669 per year while the poor average 36,749, a ratio of 29.2 to 1.

Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes, freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink, the sound of office water cooler chatter has been replaced by the whirring of computer cooling fans, and citizens applying for their first jobs face fierce competition from the homeless. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bintangland's national animal is the Giant Star Stag Beetle, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Bintangland is ranked 173,040th in the world and 7,486th in The North Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 7.94 Obesity Rate.

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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,155thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,221stMost Influential: 1,255thMost Armed: 1,374thMost Secular: 1,415thLargest Retail Industry: 1,458thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,545thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,546thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,636thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,879thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,620thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,795thRudest Citizens: 2,827thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,011thHighest Average Incomes: 3,417thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,301stLargest Black Market: 5,825thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,845thSmartest Citizens: 6,449thMost Efficient Economies: 6,920thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,014thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,822ndHighest Economic Output: 15,008thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,199thLargest Governments: 16,366thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,068thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 19,532ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,633rdMost Beautiful Environments: 20,519th
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 43rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 48th in the regionMost Armed: 49th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 50th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 52nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 70th in the regionMost Secular: 71st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 77th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 87th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 94th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 134th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 147th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 164th in the regionRudest Citizens: 167th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 169th in the regionLargest Black Market: 235th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 346th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 360th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 374th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 375th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 401st in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 487th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 509th in the regionMost Influential: 511th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 604th in the regionLargest Governments: 796th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 857th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 878th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bintangland's influence in The North Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Bintangland changed its national animal to "Giant Star Stag Beetle".
  • : Bintangland altered its national flag.
  • : Bintangland altered its national flag.
  • : Bintangland relocated from Balder to The North Pacific.
  • : Following new legislation in Bintangland, citizens applying for their first jobs face fierce competition from the homeless.
  • : Following new legislation in Bintangland, the sound of office water cooler chatter has been replaced by the whirring of computer cooling fans.
  • : Following new legislation in Bintangland, freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink.
  • : Following new legislation in Bintangland, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Bintangland, phone taps are frequently carried out by the police.

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