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The Ides of March of Planet Benecia

“Our Mental units are good and our Physical ones are bad”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Fair
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: United Earth Space Probe Agency

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Planet Benecia

Population2.268 billion

CapitalBenecia Colony
LeaderLenore Karidian

CurrencyFederation Credit
AnimalInterspatial Parasite

The Ides of March of Planet Benecia is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Lenore Karidian with a fair hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The democratic population of 2.268 billion Benecians 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, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Benecia Colony. The average income tax rate is 74.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Benecian economy, worth 67.9 trillion Federation Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Pizza Delivery, Retail, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 29,944 Federation Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It's all quiet on the western front, an inkwell of goats' blood is supplied on school desks across the nation, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes, and the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Benecia Colony. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Planet Benecia's national animal is the Interspatial Parasite, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Planet Benecia is ranked 66,735th in the world and 61st in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Most Influential, scoring 277 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Top
10%
Most Income Equality: 11,412thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,978thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,885thHighest Average Tax Rates: 21,941st
Top
5%
Largest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Planet Benecia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Benecia, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Benecia Colony.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Benecia, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Benecia, an inkwell of goats' blood is supplied on school desks across the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Benecia, it's all quiet on the western front.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Benecia, organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region.
  • : Planet Benecia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Benecia, protecting the land is holey work.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Benecia, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Benecia, over a third of the seats in sports stadiums have been removed to make room for female-only commodes.

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