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The B O R G E R-B U L L D O G S of Berthin

“B O R G E R” Eric Raymond aka B O R G E R

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Exarchal Republic

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Berthin

Population8.625 billion

CapitalB O R G E R
LeaderEric Raymond aka B O R G E R
FaithB O R G E R

CurrencyB O R G E R
AnimalB O R G E R

The B O R G E R-B U L L D O G S of Berthin is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Eric Raymond aka B O R G E R with an even hand, and remarkable for its fear of technology, complete lack of prisons, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 8.625 billion B O R G E R SS have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous, corrupt government prioritizes Education, although Law & Order, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while International Aid receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of B O R G E R. The average income tax rate is 88.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Berthinian economy, worth a remarkable 1,256 trillion B O R G E RS a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 145,666 B O R G E RS, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

The space program has been scrapped in order to focus on more terrestrial pursuits, parents live in fear of governmental 'child protection' squads, citizens know not to ask what their country can do for them but what they can do as chained slaves for their country, and with great power generation comes great responsibility. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Berthin's national animal is the B O R G E R, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is B O R G E R.

Berthin is ranked 5,626th in the world and 1st in The Exarchal Republic for Most Influential, scoring 11,455 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Public Education: 1,231stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,439thLargest Black Market: 1,845thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,939thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,098thTop
5%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,292ndMost Corrupt Governments: 4,358thMost Devout: 5,083rdMost Influential: 5,626thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,112thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,472ndBest Weather: 6,712thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,798thLargest Retail Industry: 8,426thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,444thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,388thMost Cultured: 9,832ndMost Efficient Economies: 10,775thTop
10%
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 11,118thMost Developed: 11,536thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,109thMost Stationary: 12,397thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,011thLargest Governments: 13,163rdHighest Economic Output: 13,344thHighest Average Incomes: 14,549thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,900thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,945thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,152ndLowest Crime Rates: 20,980th
Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Longest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
10%
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Average: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionMost Devout: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Berthin lodged a message on the The Exarchal Republic Regional Message Board.
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : The Allied Federation of Voryan appointed Berthin as Will outlive us with authority over Communications, Embassies, and Polls in The Exarchal Republic.
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Berthin was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Berthin's influence in The Exarchal Republic fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes and the Top 10% for Lowest Crime Rates.

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