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The Refugee Nation of Essu Beti

“Never Again”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus


Essu Beti

Population4.997 billion

CapitalTasiltu Al Kissuti
LeaderPresident Amal Kulkarni


The Refugee Nation of Essu Beti is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by President Amal Kulkarni with a fair hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 4.997 billion Betians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tasiltu Al Kissuti. The average income tax rate is 78.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Betian economy, worth 277 trillion rils a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 55,521 rils, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Doctors accused of having no heart reply that cardiology isn't their speciality, there is something rotten in the state of Essu Beti, babies are increasingly seen as a luxury, and truancy levels are on the rise ever since school registers were banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Essu Beti's national animal is the avialan, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Beuwan.

Essu Beti is ranked 126,620th in the world and 3,815th in Lazarus for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -31.52 on the Hayek Index.

Most Devout: 2,919thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,713thMost Influential: 3,793rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,752ndBest Weather: 6,620thMost Inclusive: 7,408thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 8,219thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,663rdNicest Citizens: 9,025thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,252ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,306thMost Cultured: 10,447thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,212thMost Pacifist: 12,607thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,091stHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,172ndSafest: 14,425th
Most Influential: 123rd in the regionMost Devout: 165th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 224th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 276th in the regionBest Weather: 353rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 387th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 442nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 463rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 489th in the region

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