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The People's Republic of Benisfield

“We'll do our best to fix this country for the workers!” John Zablaskivok

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Benisfield

Population2.838 billion

CapitalBenisfield
LeaderJohn Zablaskivok
FaithPaganism

Currencydollar
Animalleopard

The People's Republic of Benisfield is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by John Zablaskivok with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.838 billion Benisfieldians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Benisfield. The average income tax rate is 81.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Benisfieldian economy, worth 385 trillion dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 135,792 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Atheists on vacation find Paganism's scriptures make useful doorstops, mechanics are often exhausted by their work, the Benisfield Prison Revue puts on a better stage show than anything in the Theatre District, and forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Benisfield's national animal is the leopard, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Paganism.

Benisfield is ranked 146,068th in the world and 4,018th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -4.24 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,416thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,071stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,984thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,017thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,776thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,819thMost Authoritarian: 8,063rdLowest Crime Rates: 8,869thMost Conservative: 9,986thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 10,675thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,163rdMost Developed: 11,477thLargest Governments: 11,810thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,837thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,905thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,410thMost Efficient Economies: 13,669thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,934thHighest Average Incomes: 16,986thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,488thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,611thMost Influential: 18,355thHealthiest Citizens: 18,443rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 18,793rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,812thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,965thMost Cultured: 20,645th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 56th in the regionTop
5%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 172nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 211th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 222nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 243rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 246th in the regionMost Developed: 254th in the regionLargest Governments: 275th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 286th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Poor Incomes: 294th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 298th in the regionMost Conservative: 303rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 308th in the regionMost Influential: 312th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 332nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 374th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 386th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 401st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 404th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 407th in the regionMost Cultured: 429th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 450th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 471st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 491st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 505th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 511th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 515th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 550th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 567th in the regionBest Weather: 567th in the regionMost Extreme: 569th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Benisfield was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Benisfield was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Benisfield was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Benisfield was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Benisfield was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Benisfield, forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies.
  • : Following new legislation in Benisfield, the Benisfield Prison Revue puts on a better stage show than anything in the Theatre District.
  • : Following new legislation in Benisfield, mechanics are often exhausted by their work.
  • : Following new legislation in Benisfield, atheists on vacation find Paganism's scriptures make useful doorstops.
  • : Following new legislation in Benisfield, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles.

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