by Max Barry

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The Empire of Bend Mai

“Justice, Piety, Loyalty”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific


Bend Mai

Population745 million



The Empire of Bend Mai is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its national health service, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 745 million Bend Maians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Siorjo. The average income tax rate is 75.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bend Maian economy, worth 94.6 trillion guilders a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 126,958 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails, anyone who so much as frowns risks being referred to a mental health unit, parents dread their examinations more than their children, and the latest superhero movie features a caped turtle with adamantium claws. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bend Mai's national animal is the turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Bend Mai is ranked 32,463rd in the world and 1,434th in The North Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 856.16 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 825thMost Influential: 2,162ndTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,667thMost Pacifist: 5,710thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,145thHealthiest Citizens: 7,886thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,109thNicest Citizens: 8,310thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,345thMost Inclusive: 9,490thMost Secular: 9,710thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,792ndMost Developed: 9,809thBest Weather: 9,969thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,178thSafest: 10,298thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,366thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,828thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,095thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,336thMost Valuable International Artwork: 12,977thSmartest Citizens: 13,004thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,579thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,026thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,452ndLowest Crime Rates: 14,499thMost Efficient Economies: 15,860thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,336thLargest Governments: 16,342ndLargest Retail Industry: 17,254thMost Cultured: 18,272ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,890thHighest Average Incomes: 20,174th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 235th in the regionMost Pacifist: 332nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 416th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 437th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 441st in the regionNicest Citizens: 478th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 482nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 490th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 510th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 528th in the regionBest Weather: 548th in the regionSafest: 557th in the regionMost Inclusive: 570th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 575th in the regionMost Developed: 582nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 590th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 607th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 644th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 657th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 697th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 711th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 725th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 736th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 739th in the regionMost Influential: 750th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 762nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 782nd in the regionLargest Governments: 793rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 816th in the regionMost Cultured: 921st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 924th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 948th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 948th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 997th in the region

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