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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 541stLargest Retail Industry: 562ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 923rd
The Kingdom of
Corporate Police State
Wealth, power, and strength
Influence
Dealmaker
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Civil Rights
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Economy
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Bej

Population2.177 billion

CapitalBeki
LeaderKing Olegovich
FaithThe church of Borism

CurrencyBeji
AnimalBejian crocodile

The Kingdom of Bej is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by King Olegovich with an iron fist, and remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, frequent executions, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.177 billion Bejians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Beki. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Bejian economy, worth 612 trillion Bejis a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 281,321 Bejis, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,095,813 per year while the poor average 11,103, a ratio of 188 to 1.

An increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat, corporate executives continue to enjoy generous tax benefits while the public is taxed to the hilt, young people avoid opening doors for the elderly with impunity, and getting an infected tattoo is considered a rite of passage in Bej. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bej's national animal is the Bejian crocodile, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The church of Borism.

Bej is ranked 148,537th in the world and 35th in The West Pole for Most Average, scoring 24.5 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 541stLargest Retail Industry: 562ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 923rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,169thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,227thMost Secular: 1,334thFattest Citizens: 1,448thMost Armed: 1,534thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,677thMost Avoided: 1,742ndTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1,776thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,867thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,037thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,112thLargest Mining Sector: 2,277thHighest Average Incomes: 2,341stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,452ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,619thLargest Black Market: 2,932ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,941stMost Efficient Economies: 4,116thRudest Citizens: 4,390thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,506thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,710thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,845thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,959thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,134thLargest Governments: 8,197thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,340thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 9,451stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,179thLowest Crime Rates: 13,739thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,948th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Bej, getting an infected tattoo is considered a rite of passage in Bej.
  • : Bej was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided and Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Bej, young people avoid opening doors for the elderly with impunity.
  • : Bej published "Citizens of the west pole" (Factbook: Politics).
  • : Bej published "Citizens of the west pole" (Factbook: Politics).
  • : Bej lodged a message on the The West Pole Regional Message Board.
  • : Bej lodged a message on the The West Pole Regional Message Board.
  • : Bej lodged a message on the The West Pole Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Bej, corporate executives continue to enjoy generous tax benefits while the public is taxed to the hilt.
  • : Following new legislation in Bej, an increasing number of citizens believe the world is flat.

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