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The Incorporated States of Panbenzekar

“In freedom, responsibility.” Nimmeron Maelstrom

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: 10000 Islands

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Panbenzekar

Population1.136 billion

CapitalPanbenzekopolis
LeaderNimmeron Maelstrom

CurrencyQubit
AnimalBeluga Whale

The Incorporated States of Panbenzekar is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Nimmeron Maelstrom with a fair hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, ubiquitous missile silos, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.136 billion Panbenzekarians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The relatively small, liberal, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Panbenzekopolis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Panbenzekarian economy, worth 148 trillion Qubits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 130,441 Qubits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 470,857 per year while the poor average 25,814, a ratio of 18.2 to 1.

There have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons', jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration, unemployed political consultants and advertisers spend every election night weeping for the good old days, and the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Panbenzekar's national animal is the Beluga Whale, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Panbenzekar is ranked 21,429th in the world and 301st in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 7,535.79 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Top
1%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,758thTop
5%
Highest Drug Use: 2,779thRudest Citizens: 3,576thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,166thFattest Citizens: 4,527thHighest Crime Rates: 4,795thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,461stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,744thMost Influential: 6,321stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,875thMost Avoided: 6,971stLargest Retail Industry: 7,144thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,023rdMost Armed: 11,556thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,702ndTop
10%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 14,928thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,921stMost Secular: 16,090thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,702ndMost Inclusive: 16,849thSmartest Citizens: 16,997thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,429thHighest Average Incomes: 21,925thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 25,082ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 25,433rd
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5%
Highest Drug Use: 20th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 37th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 49th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 51st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 54th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 59th in the regionFattest Citizens: 64th in the regionMost Avoided: 67th in the regionRudest Citizens: 69th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 72nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 77th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 97th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 100th in the regionMost Armed: 101st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 103rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 105th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 107th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Panbenzekar was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Panbenzekar, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one.
  • : Following new legislation in Panbenzekar, unemployed political consultants and advertisers spend every election night weeping for the good old days.
  • : Following new legislation in Panbenzekar, jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration.
  • : Following new legislation in Panbenzekar, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons'.
  • : Panbenzekar endorsed The Interstellar Transcendence of Reformed Imperis.
  • : Panbenzekar endorsed The Hermit Kingdom of Iron Soviet.
  • : Panbenzekar voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Realm of the Whispering Winds".
  • : Panbenzekar voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Rights for Crime Victims Act".
  • : Panbenzekar was endorsed by The Hermit Kingdom of Iron Soviet.

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