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The Queen's State of Bertram Bernard

“Almost Missed the Boat”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: Kinshasa


Bertram Bernard

Population17.267 billion


The Queen's State of Bertram Bernard is a gargantuan, efficient nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws, complete absence of social welfare, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-working, democratic population of 17.267 billion Bertram Bernardians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Industry, although Education is also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy receive no funds. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.5%.

The very strong Bertram Bernardian economy, worth 892 trillion betales a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Pizza Delivery, and Retail. Average income is 51,668 betales, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 500,956 per year while the poor average 257, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

The latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, voting is voluntary, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, and all tariffs have been abolished. Crime is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Bertram Bernard's national animal is the deer, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Bertram Bernard is ranked 167,921st in the world and 7th in Kinshasa for Most Income Equality, scoring 0.05 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Most Politically Free: 632ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 667thMost Pro-Market: 667thMost Extreme: 1,587thMost Stationary: 1,625thTop
Highest Drug Use: 2,826thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4,874thHighest Crime Rates: 4,942ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,474thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,529thLargest Populations: 7,320thMost Armed: 8,093rdTop
Nudest: 8,808thRudest Citizens: 8,873rdFattest Citizens: 9,710thLargest Gambling Industry: 11,790thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,296thMost Avoided: 13,740thHighest Economic Output: 16,362nd

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