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The Community of The Bereans

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific


The Bereans

Population1.646 billion


The Community of The Bereans is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 1.646 billion Bereans 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 78.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Berean economy, worth 37.6 trillion Mites 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 Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Furniture Restoration, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. Average income is 22,855 Mites, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government frequently panders to parents with boutique tax credits, rubber stamp emojis are the new craze, arthritic surgeons with tremulous fingers reassure patients that they are in safe hands, and the state believes that children are what you make of them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Bereans's national animal is the Locust, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Bereans is ranked 199,383rd in the world and 7,449th in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring -7.75 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,024thTop
Most Influential: 3,508thMost Primitive: 4,242ndMost Devout: 5,420thMost Ignorant Citizens: 5,789thMost Authoritarian: 10,056thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 15,866thMost Pacifist: 16,318th
Most Devout: 142nd in the regionMost Primitive: 204th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 278th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 291st in the regionTop
Most Influential: 425th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 481st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 482nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 696th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 725th in the region

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