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The People's Republic of Bertilistan

“THINK OF THE CHILDREN!” Jeremy Kalo

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

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Force

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Bertilistan

Population2.207 billion

CapitalCanklim
LeaderJeremy Kalo
FaithHootism

CurrencyCrowns
AnimalBrown bear

The People's Republic of Bertilistan is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Jeremy Kalo with an even hand, and notable for its digital currency, keen interest in outer space, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic, humorless, devout population of 2.207 billion Bertilisians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canklim. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bertilistanian economy, worth 230 trillion Crowns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 104,577 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Veteran cops reminisce over their heavy armor days, literature classes frequently go on field trips to rock concerts, lawyers spend as much time preparing their make-up as they do their briefs, and politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bertilistan's national animal is the Brown bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Hootism.

Bertilistan is ranked 179,514th in the world and 109th in Force for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -5.29 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Pacifist: 3,400thSafest: 3,613thMost Inclusive: 5,335thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,467thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,478thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,672ndBest Weather: 5,901stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,335thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,351stLowest Crime Rates: 6,719thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,054thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,207thNicest Citizens: 7,241stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,615thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,684thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,769thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,853rdLongest Average Lifespans: 7,955thHealthiest Citizens: 8,494thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,790thMost Influential: 9,021stLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,021stMost Developed: 10,189thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,172ndTop
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Largest Governments: 12,702ndHighest Poor Incomes: 13,337thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,377thMost Income Equality: 14,632ndSmartest Citizens: 15,884thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,724thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,960thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,561stMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,592ndMost Efficient Economies: 23,989th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Income Equality: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the region

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