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The Federal Republic of Bedain

“Be as We Are”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific



Population196 million


The Federal Republic of Bedain is a very large, safe nation, renowned for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 196 million Bedainians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Spirituality, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 48.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Bedainian economy, worth 6.66 trillion kronor a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 33,976 kronor, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping, the nation's taxpayers pay for foreign government's extravagances, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept, and traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Bedain's national animal is the unicorn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bedain is ranked 99,672nd in the world and 4,003rd in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 33.09 on the Hayek Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 897thTop
Most Influential: 6,932ndTop
Most Politically Free: 8,717thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,210th
Most Politically Free: 138th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 143rd in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 424th in the regionMost Influential: 551st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 577th in the region

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