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The United States of Bentwaters

“Unity, Discipline, Work”

Category: Corporate Bordello
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Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific



Population3.914 billion



The United States of Bentwaters is a massive, genial nation, notable for its frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 3.914 billion Bentwatersians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Bentwatersian economy, worth 676 trillion dollars a year, is led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 172,806 dollars, with the richest citizens earning 6.7 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens are arrested for naturally producing proteins, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region, and anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card. Crime is totally unknown. Bentwaters's national animal is the leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is none.

Bentwaters is ranked 21,434th in the world and 350th in the South Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 676 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Retail Industry: 416thRudest Citizens: 728thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,451stTop
Most Influential: 1,948thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,009thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,423rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,596thMost Cultured: 4,488thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,657thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,959thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,236thMost Inclusive: 5,455thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,784thNicest Citizens: 6,657thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,005thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 7,589thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,849thMost Efficient Economies: 8,521stHighest Average Incomes: 8,572ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,804thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,103rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,322ndMost Developed: 9,629thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,214thSmartest Citizens: 11,776thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,897thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,376thMost Secular: 13,189thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,882ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,355th
Largest Retail Industry: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 32nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 50th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 59th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 90th in the regionMost Cultured: 124th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 145th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 147th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 154th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 157th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 174th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 178th in the regionMost Influential: 191st in the regionMost Inclusive: 193rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 216th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 218th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 224th in the regionNicest Citizens: 237th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 247th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 255th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 272nd in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 300th in the regionMost Developed: 307th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 348th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 350th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 368th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 368th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 384th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 401st in the regionMost Stationary: 407th in the regionMost Secular: 447th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 453rd in the regionNudest: 519th in the regionLargest Populations: 562nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region.
  • : Bentwaters voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Reducing Food Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, citizens are arrested for naturally producing proteins.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, 'Police Academy 36' and 'Sharknados On A Plane' are vying for top spot at the box-office.
  • : Bentwaters endorsed The Queendom of Solega.
  • : Bentwaters was endorsed by The Queendom of Solega.
  • : Bentwaters was endorsed by The Dazzling Glory of Land Without Shrimp.
  • : Following new legislation in Bentwaters, the nation refuses to provide international aid.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 111 » Erinor, The Solar System Scope, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Tsunamy, Farengeto, Kringalia, Aidenfieeld, Sandaoguo, Rebel-topia, Luddinlande, Quiescent, Jehenna, Wyatonians, The naked people, Hanguk-Nippon, Linguiniland, Darakin, Escevola, Lambdaland, Belschaft, Aywhyou, Kholdan, Moreana, Poopisiya, La Ascension, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Theorin, Volaworand, Sedunn, Calistan, Techganet, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Paranoia, Rhetiaa, Drugged Monkeys, Tsvetania, New Briantown, Jaxon, PASTIR, Nova Montron, Freedwanda, Avalonica, Aumeltopia, Beepee, UnShleepd, Silberne Wache, The National Corporation, Barabarom, Shengtie, Isokenzar, and 61 others.Anachronolandia, USNE2018, Kerlodia, Cuuldere, Vincent Field, Agalaesia, Saciu, Kandorith, Xandev, Darbor, Auphelia, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Qvait, Birdkeeper, Herbert Island, Akindom, Jahass, Academy of Umbrellas, Wehraboos, The Filippinas, North Catimestistrianes, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, Ostanasia, Choodox, Stoniamera, Ariankido, Pays de Loire, Spearos, Qawe, Nowa Europa, Churumduul, Freedoom, New Juan Carlos Land, Novagentum, Mew Nation, North Erfton, Amerion, Wild Space, Great Africans, Phanama, Ratoninburg, PenguinPies, Aurcania, Dasko, P R of China, United Federated States of Omega, World United, North Prarie, Republic Clovakh, Westoc Kinness, Laropsa, Srevana, BootJack, Ave Gloriana, Bedain, Drystar, Upper Tyrconnel, Ketathinamiri Islands, Higash, Land Without Shrimp, and Solega.

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