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The Empire of Besancia

“Schoekou barei Aempratourij va Taadjzh”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Thaecia

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Besancia

Population2.309 billion

CapitalSakobe
LeaderKing Alexander

CurrencyRoenar
AnimalGriffin

The Empire of Besancia is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Alexander with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 2.309 billion Besancians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sakobe. The average income tax rate is 92.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Besancian economy, worth 292 trillion Roenars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 126,876 Roenars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, the weather in Sakobe is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings', welfare funding has recently gone through the roof, and school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Besancia's national animal is the Griffin, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Besancia is ranked 96,829th in the world and 103rd in Thaecia for Largest Populations, with 2.31 billion Capita.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,358thMost Influential: 2,367thTop
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Most Pacifist: 2,534thSafest: 2,745thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,329thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,478thLowest Crime Rates: 4,705thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,730thNicest Citizens: 4,736thMost Cultured: 4,756thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,872ndLongest Average Lifespans: 5,578thBest Weather: 5,604thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,156thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,198thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,635thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,735thHealthiest Citizens: 6,771stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,340thMost Developed: 8,037thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,536thLargest Governments: 8,792ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,817thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,939thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,199thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,418thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 12,056thMost Efficient Economies: 14,461stMost Subsidized Industry: 15,948thMost Inclusive: 19,890thHighest Average Incomes: 20,886th
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Safest: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 12th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Developed: 19th in the regionLargest Governments: 19th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 20th in the regionBest Weather: 20th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 27th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 28th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 32nd in the region

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