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The Federal Republic of Besern

“Baserna jau takansfrikana”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Besern

Population1.457 billion

CapitalBrient

Currencysoner
Animaltekreik

The Federal Republic of Besern is a massive, cultured nation, remarkable for its smutty television, ubiquitous missile silos, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 1.457 billion Besernians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Brient. The average income tax rate is 65.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Besernian economy, worth 172 trillion soners a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 118,517 soners, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Sniffer dogs are trained to follow clouds of fruity-smelling vapor, customer satisfaction with online delivery services is at an all time high, the world still seems flat to some people in space, and the nation is the South Pacific's leading manufacturer of intricately-patterned sweaters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Besern's national animal is the tekreik, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Besern is ranked 18,805th in the world and 529th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 86 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,034thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,357thMost Influential: 3,036thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,150thTop
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Most Inclusive: 9,208thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,668thNicest Citizens: 10,446thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,054thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,287thMost Developed: 12,370thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,867thLeast Corrupt Governments: 14,512thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,795thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,352ndSafest: 16,433rdMost Efficient Economies: 16,842ndMost Pacifist: 16,882nd
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 63rd in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 137th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 301st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 318th in the regionMost Inclusive: 336th in the regionNicest Citizens: 349th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 355th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 376th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 378th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 385th in the regionMost Developed: 387th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 452nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 496th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 512th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 518th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 526th in the regionMost Cultured: 529th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 537th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 543rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 557th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 560th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 562nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 589th in the regionSafest: 618th in the regionLargest Governments: 622nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 627th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 650th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 658th in the regionMost Pacifist: 677th in the regionBest Weather: 683rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 684th in the region

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