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The Borderlands of Belistien

“He who sees the Dread Hawk, sees Death” Yuri Serbinaski IV

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: 10000 Islands

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Belistien

Population20.763 billion

CapitalBelistien City
LeaderYuri Serbinaski IV

CurrencyBelien
AnimalDread Hawk

The Borderlands of Belistien is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Yuri Serbinaski IV with an iron fist, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, national health service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cynical population of 20.763 billion Belistienians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Belistien City. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Belistienian economy, worth a remarkable 2,371 trillion Beliens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 114,196 Beliens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have, invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication, and older citizens lament over the loss of law and order. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Belistien's national animal is the Dread Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Belistien is ranked 57,500th in the world and 525th in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 4,735.12 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Influential: 469thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,119thMost Stationary: 2,160thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,955thBest Weather: 3,255thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,505thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,148thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,143rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,369thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,790thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,800thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,165thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,273rdLongest Average Lifespans: 6,438thMost Cultured: 6,782ndMost Developed: 7,014thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,101stMost Subsidized Industry: 7,768thHighest Economic Output: 7,936thHealthiest Citizens: 8,263rdLargest Governments: 8,571stHighest Food Quality: 8,877thLargest Populations: 9,719thLowest Crime Rates: 9,801stSmartest Citizens: 11,791stTop
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Most Pacifist: 15,628thMost Efficient Economies: 17,484thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,284thSafest: 21,826thMost Inclusive: 22,005thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,252ndNicest Citizens: 23,676thMost Compassionate Citizens: 24,224thMost Scientifically Advanced: 24,327thMost Secular: 27,409th
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Most Stationary: 22nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 43rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 58th in the regionMost Influential: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 65th in the regionBest Weather: 71st in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 80th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 84th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 90th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 96th in the regionLargest Populations: 97th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 110th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 111th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 113th in the regionMost Cultured: 123rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 126th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 127th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 134th in the regionMost Developed: 135th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Belistien was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Belistien voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Europeia"".
  • : Belistien voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Realm of the Whispering Winds".
  • : Belistien voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Rights for Crime Victims Act".
  • : Belistien endorsed The Hermit Kingdom of Iron Soviet.
  • : Belistien was endorsed by The Hermit Kingdom of Iron Soviet.
  • : Following new legislation in Belistien, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Belistien, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication.
  • : Following new legislation in Belistien, invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie.
  • : Following new legislation in Belistien, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.

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