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The Empire of Bend Mai

“Justice, piety, loyalty” Erick I

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific


Bend Mai

Population1.945 billion

LeaderErick I


The Empire of Bend Mai is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Erick I with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, compulsory vegetarianism, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 1.945 billion 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 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Bend Maian economy, worth 333 trillion guilders a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 171,430 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Manual labourers must be willing to have cybernetic limbs to get a job, monochrome green ECO-BM products adorn the supermarket shelves, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance", and hospitals are amongst the best-funded in the region. 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, and its national religion is Elotasni.

Bend Mai is ranked 34,095th in the world and 1,329th in The North Pacific for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 53.51 Whatever.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 634thMost Influential: 1,004thMost Pacifist: 2,126thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,539thNicest Citizens: 2,795thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,830thMost Inclusive: 2,847thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,944thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,000thHealthiest Citizens: 3,123rdMost Developed: 3,353rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,609thLowest Crime Rates: 3,715thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,735thSafest: 3,936thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,946thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,113thSmartest Citizens: 4,179thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,513thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,754thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,997thBest Weather: 5,037thLargest Governments: 5,203rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,315thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,499thMost Efficient Economies: 6,335thMost Cultured: 7,035thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,130thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,030thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,052ndMost Secular: 10,175thHighest Average Incomes: 10,248thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,505thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,783rdTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,825th
Most Pacifist: 133rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 166th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 175th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 179th in the regionNicest Citizens: 184th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 189th in the regionMost Inclusive: 190th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 192nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 199th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 202nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 206th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 206th in the regionMost Developed: 208th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 218th in the regionSafest: 221st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 232nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 240th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 246th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 269th in the regionLargest Governments: 281st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 291st in the regionBest Weather: 305th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 321st in the regionMost Cultured: 357th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 357th in the regionMost Influential: 377th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 378th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 436th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 448th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 452nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 456th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 485th in the regionMost Secular: 515th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 922nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Bend Mai was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Bend Mai, hospitals are amongst the best-funded in the region.
  • : Following new legislation in Bend Mai, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance".
  • : Following new legislation in Bend Mai, monochrome green ECO-BM products adorn the supermarket shelves.
  • : Bend Mai was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Bend Mai, manual labourers must be willing to have cybernetic limbs to get a job.
  • : Following new legislation in Bend Mai, business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters.
  • : Following new legislation in Bend Mai, there's no representation without taxation.
  • : Following new legislation in Bend Mai, blackface performers claim they are being deliberately ironic.
  • : Following new legislation in Bend Mai, recorded music can be rented but not bought from record companies.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 248 » Prydania, Shibutani, Brucklania, Former English Colony, Zzozona, Siwale, Yaorozu, Empy, Guer Aike, Koda-Land, New Lakemba, Pallaith, El Fiji Grande, The Tampa Bay Rays, Hamerica, Dabarastan, Zeternia, Valentine Z, Ethnon, Territorio di Nessuno, Corfad, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Dar es Saalam, Notyoutopia, Dreadton, Libertania Democratica, Daiz, Omnistria, Interdimensional Zone, Newpromisedland, Frances Francis the First of France, Sikol, North Bratislava, Selfgradatude, Seanat, Pigeonstan, Wineclaw, Loutsland, Aeolist, Sunto, 1 very fast endotarter, The Calabash Protectorate, Great Bights Mum, Kranostav, The Rhein States, Sundred, Joodey, McMasterdonia, Xagill, Eywaan, and 198 others.Yellops, DIMAnism, Lux Conos, Jovian Knights, Vincone Cae, Solcius, Seenvorland, Yokciq Empire, Korovan Isles, Fendlium, Clan Spaniel, Sil Dorsett, The Pantheons, Highton Islands, Xentherida, The Iron Lions, PotatoFarmers, Unimaginable Doom, Shadowrik, Malta Comino Gozo, Xyrron, Nistriabar, Madjack, Ravendi, Kragsgale, Simone Republic, Pokemanland, Xipher, Amerian States, WeKnow, Illusia and Neverendia, Pleroma Sans Romans, United Kahndaq, Eastern Cous Empria, Moubarakistan, Solskjar, Votak Matim, Heilhum Imperius, Maott, Napnomadia, Innocentic, Dangine, Krazon, Free Nation of Hong Kong, Runeda, Draconian Progression, Harjad, Railroad Crossing, Aerilia, The Endless Eventide, Cretox State, Morover, Visse, Holy Oranz, Loptous, Unsophisticate, Lulubellia, Joevala, Chips and Guac, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Outer Shenendoah, Yalkan, Hardscrabble, The Democratic Kingdom Of Skaraborg, Merconitonitopia, A Salmon Named Harold, Republica Guilleana, Wilkshire, Viridiann, The Peoples Republic of Kyle, Pytong, Religioncord, R libanon, Ozstan, Bankowiata, Kazoo Basin, East Akra, Venicea, AmManies, Solimun, Altivia, The Stratosphere Islands, TLTland, Pasargad, Sevinland, Cereskia, Imperial Pieserged, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Ellbonnia, Free Atlantis, Khoik, Odelinor, The Serdey Islands, Slyakanya, The Pleiads, Strongwill, Nodnarb, The Jerichowan Country, Hewani, Climeria, Animu Place, Seijitsu, New Michag, Blyskalia, Port Naga, Star Kingdom, Galbadiana, Darkmondoria, Godwanna, Svenskskit, His Enduring Majesty, Bharathvarsh, Wisconsota, Barabolia, Que Lukustinardon, The Republic of Free Peoples, Moneyflows, Planes, Morgul, Zyvetskistaahn, Muqatil, Super Girl, The Mazur Empire, The AnCap Pirate Utopia, Sachi, Orado, Glurponia, Colfes, Testnation223, Volstokn, Zemnaya Svoboda, Kingdom of KHATTAB, Vesteysia, Otakus and Weebs, Kromi, Aoncarpa, Francois Isidore, Valgarda, Travislavania, Nordic-British Union, Figyjharli, Free Salvation, Tyirza, Sanjurika, Wapistan, Trumpski, Svenskan, Siforpeo, Lol2639, Shotokonia, Shahrukh, BTProductions, Galaician Empire, Aryan Homeland, TyGerria, Mon Island, Steampunk Ariel, Qurtuba, Jaxikistan, New Celoveniortan, Cajland, ForestMythal, Singamadri, Tsandonown, Defense For The World Assembly, Korean-Joseon, Centrialand, Britle, Ootasa, Libvillia, Katuda, Greater Ale Permars, Ariele, Intion North, Fraystonia, Card Kingdom, Boston Castle, Kastonvia, Capablanca, Andanavia, Novremia, Lowssen, Mitropola, Sopernia, Bearical, Drueste, Fizban, Nova Arcania, Unshleepd, Morcusa Clicanskaukk, Nation1812, Sahriastan, United Capitalist Provinces, British-Australia, Perikuresu, Lionia, Beta Cyndriel, and The Blazeland Administration.

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