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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: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: The Exarchal Republic

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Berthin

Population8.155 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 iron fist, and renowned for its avowedly heterosexual populace, fear of technology, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.155 billion B O R G E R SS are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt government prioritizes Education, although Law & Order, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while International Aid isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of B O R G E R. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 86.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Berthinian economy, worth a remarkable 1,213 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, quite 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 148,784 B O R G E RS, with the richest citizens earning 8.2 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 205,130th in the world and 186th in The Exarchal Republic for Least Corrupt Governments, with 24.77 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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1%
Most Advanced Public Education: 1,269thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,746thLargest Black Market: 1,755thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,833rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,079thTop
5%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,856thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,019thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,848thMost Devout: 4,934thMost Influential: 5,450thLargest Retail Industry: 5,726thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,117thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,106thBest Weather: 7,637thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,577thMost Cultured: 9,806thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,916thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,044thTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 10,483rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,447thMost Developed: 11,606thMost Stationary: 12,780thLargest Governments: 13,250thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,437thHighest Economic Output: 13,598thHighest Average Incomes: 13,707thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,637thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,142ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,968th
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1%
Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes and the Top 10% for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Berthin's influence in The Exarchal Republic fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Berthin voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Auphelia".
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Berthin voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on the Administration of Unwanted Substances".
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured and Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Berthin was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare, the Top 5% for Highest Average Tax Rates and Largest Manufacturing Sector, and the Top 10% for Most Advanced Public Transport.

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