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The Republic of Bantan

“To the glory of Bantan!” Fei Long

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Bantan

Population2.367 billion

CapitalMei Fong
LeaderFei Long
FaithShamanism

Currencyyen
Animalhorse

The Republic of Bantan is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Fei Long with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, rampant corporate plagiarism, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, humorless population of 2.367 billion Bantonians 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 large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mei Fong. The average income tax rate is 67.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Bantanian economy, worth 212 trillion yen 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 large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Beef-Based Agriculture, Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese 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 89,852 yen, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Cheese has become the new icon of political dissent, large sections of Bantan have been named national reserves to protect the native tribes living there, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence, and the government tries to improve relations with hostile countries by sending gift baskets. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. Bantan's national animal is the horse, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Shamanism.

Bantan is ranked 41,581st in the world and 1,620th in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,278.64 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 1,019thTop
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Most Primitive: 3,009thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,284thMost Influential: 5,463rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,817thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 8,059thLargest Black Market: 8,171stMost Inclusive: 10,489thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,177thBest Weather: 11,340thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,399thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,429thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,546thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,515thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,539thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,616thMost Developed: 13,661stLargest Publishing Industry: 14,452ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,028thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,460th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 22nd in the regionTop
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Most Primitive: 99th in the regionLargest Black Market: 126th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 161st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 205th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 234th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 262nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 299th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 301st in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 316th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 317th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 322nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 327th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 341st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 345th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 372nd in the regionMost Developed: 380th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 401st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 406th in the regionMost Influential: 414th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 418th in the regionNicest Citizens: 519th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 542nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bantan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Bantan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Cheese Export Sector and the Top 10% for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Bantan was endorsed by The Queendom of Encurage.
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, the government tries to improve relations with hostile countries by sending gift baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, large sections of Bantan have been named national reserves to protect the native tribes living there.
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • : Following new legislation in Bantan, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days.
  • : Bantan endorsed The Eight United States of Zukchiva.
  • : Bantan endorsed The Queendom of Encurage.

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