by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 2,448thMost Pacifist: 2,770thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,824th
The Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Schoekou barei Aempratourij va Taadjzh
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population2.125 billion

LeaderKing Alexander


The Empire of Besancia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by King Alexander with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 2.125 billion Besancians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sakobe. The average income tax rate is 91.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Besancian economy, worth 259 trillion Roenars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 122,006 Roenars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts, bargain hunters descend on disaster zones for a quick spot of grocery shopping, the Treasury Minister takes anxiety medication every time kids lose their sports kits, and most pop videos prominently feature the Besancian flag. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Besancia's national animal is the Griffin, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Besancia is ranked 243,927th in the world and 361st in Thaecia for Most Armed, with 0.12 Weapons Per Person.

Most Influential: 2,448thTop
Most Pacifist: 2,770thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,824thSafest: 3,106thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,732ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,759thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,763rdNicest Citizens: 5,057thMost Cultured: 5,525thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,790thLowest Crime Rates: 5,945thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,406thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,653rdBest Weather: 6,743rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,901stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,495thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,639thHealthiest Citizens: 7,795thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,871stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,315thMost Developed: 9,329thLargest Governments: 9,790thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,961stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,394thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,343rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,110thTop
Smartest Citizens: 13,863rdMost Efficient Economies: 15,042ndMost Subsidized Industry: 15,923rdMost Inclusive: 22,396thHighest Average Incomes: 22,671st
Safest: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 19th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 20th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 24th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 24th in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 26th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 27th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 27th in the regionMost Developed: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 28th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 29th in the regionBest Weather: 29th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 34th in the region

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