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The Blue Commonwealth of Beta Sao

“Ethics and Pragmatism” Generaldirektor Joachim Simon

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Lazarus

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Beta Sao

Population6.268 billion

CapitalArkadien
LeaderGeneraldirektor Joachim Simon
FaithPragmatism

CurrencyGold Mark
AnimalMonster Dolphin

The Blue Commonwealth of Beta Sao is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Generaldirektor Joachim Simon with an even hand, and notable for its feral children, frequent executions, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 6.268 billion Beta Saoans 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arkadien. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 22.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Beta Saoan economy, worth a remarkable 1,234 trillion Gold Marks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 197,023 Gold Marks, with the richest citizens earning 8.3 times as much as the poorest.

Employers may fire workers without giving any reason, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, stale 'yo mamma' insults have been replaced by 'your maternal DNA' insults, and politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental. Crime is totally unknown. Beta Sao's national animal is the Monster Dolphin, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Pragmatism.

Beta Sao is ranked 64,986th in the world and 2,352nd in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 53.78 on the Rand Index.

Top
1%
Rudest Citizens: 660thLargest Retail Industry: 1,159thTop
5%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,436thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,647thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,900thMost Cultured: 3,135thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,525thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,629thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,851stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,368thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,458thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,262ndNudest: 5,267thMost Efficient Economies: 5,524thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,755thSmartest Citizens: 5,879thHighest Average Incomes: 6,574thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,680thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,595thMost Inclusive: 8,014thMost Secular: 9,630thFattest Citizens: 9,936thTop
10%
Highest Economic Output: 13,446thMost Developed: 16,505thLargest Black Market: 17,216thHighest Drug Use: 17,436thMost Pacifist: 17,890thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,905thLargest Governments: 17,987th
Top
1%
Rudest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 47th in the regionTop
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 126th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 135th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 152nd in the regionMost Cultured: 154th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 160th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 178th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 186th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 221st in the regionNudest: 238th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 243rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 256th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 257th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 280th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 284th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 296th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 324th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 356th in the regionMost Inclusive: 376th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 388th in the regionFattest Citizens: 499th in the regionMost Secular: 518th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 687th in the regionMost Influential: 763rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Beta Sao was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Fattest Citizens and Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Sao, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Sao, stale 'yo mamma' insults have been replaced by 'your maternal DNA' insults.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Sao, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Sao, employers may fire workers without giving any reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Sao, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Sao, scientific progress marches ever forward with the first ever launch of a cheeseburger into space.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Sao, the World Blue Commonwealth Games have been won again by Beta Sao as no other country cares enough to compete.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Sao, the year's most anticipated show is "Great Deals on Delicious Meals".
  • : Following new legislation in Beta Sao, the Beta Sao Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon'.

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