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The Lawgivers of Beta III

“In the Body you will find contentment and fulfillment”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Fragile
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: United Earth Space Probe Agency

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Beta III

Population3.433 billion

CapitalThe Hall of Audiences
LeaderLandru
FaithThe Body

CurrencyStave
AnimalArchon

The Lawgivers of Beta III is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Landru with an iron fist, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, ritual sacrifices, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.433 billion Betans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Hall of Audiences. The average income tax rate is 72.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Betan economy, worth 103 trillion Staves 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 a large, well-organized, highly specialized black market in Trout Farming and Arms Manufacturing. 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 30,129 Staves, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Burning members of the Order of Violet is the nation's favorite pastime, every day at 4am Betans wake to pray for the sun to rise, there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees his shadow, and a new apartment is worth a thousand betrayals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Beta III's national animal is the Archon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Body.

Beta III is ranked 236,118th in the world and 225th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Most Developed, scoring 42.04 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,468thMost Devout: 4,494thMost Authoritarian: 4,776thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,855thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,934thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,744thMost Income Equality: 8,896thTop
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Most Primitive: 14,093rdMost Extreme: 20,177thBest Weather: 20,966thMost Corrupt Governments: 21,298thLargest Black Market: 23,013thMost Conservative: 23,762nd
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Most Authoritarian: 2nd in the regionMost Extreme: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 4th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 11th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Income Equality: 13th in the regionMost Conservative: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Beta III was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, a new apartment is worth a thousand betrayals.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees his shadow.
  • : Beta III was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, every day at 4am Betans wake to pray for the sun to rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, burning members of the Order of Violet is the nation's favorite pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, the police think a properly conducted criminal investigation is a real pain.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, truancy officers have a hard time catching children trained in advanced camouflage skills.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta III, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers.
  • : Beta III was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.

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