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Highest Crime Rates: 2,744thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,401stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,500th
The Intercepted Delivery of
Father Knows Best State
Beta VI wants its supplies. Let's get there in a hurry
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Few

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Beta VI

Population3.453 billion

CapitalColony Beta VI
LeaderElias Vaughn

CurrencyFederation Credit
AnimalBurkhardt's disease

The Intercepted Delivery of Beta VI is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Elias Vaughn with an iron fist, and notable for its triple-decker prams, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.453 billion Betans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Public Transport and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Colony Beta VI. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 27.7%.

The Betan economy, worth 140 trillion Federation Credits a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 40,658 Federation Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 143,665 per year while the poor average 8,316, a ratio of 17.3 to 1.

People think garlic bread counts as one of their "five a day", the government encourages conflict abroad to increase arms sales, napalm is the tool of choice for disabling eco-unfriendly forestry operations, and referenda are banned by law and the Parliament has absolute control of the legislative process. Crime is pervasive. Beta VI's national animal is the Burkhardt's disease, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Beta VI is ranked 66,265th in the world and 98th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Most Secular, with 19.47 Atheism Rate.

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Highest Crime Rates: 2,744thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,401stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,500thTop
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Most Armed: 13,731stMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,822ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,440thMost Avoided: 16,683rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,521stLargest Black Market: 22,532nd
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Armed: 16th in the regionLargest Black Market: 21st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 23rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, referenda are banned by law and the Parliament has absolute control of the legislative process.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, napalm is the tool of choice for disabling eco-unfriendly forestry operations.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, the government encourages conflict abroad to increase arms sales.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, people think garlic bread counts as one of their "five a day".
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, citizens are exhausted from weekly general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, the nation's most popular sport is sabotaging foreigners' hopes and dreams.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, waste is frequently shipped to other countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, sports journals are full of uplifting puff-pieces on professional boxers.
  • : Following new legislation in Beta VI, streakers swamp all public events in order to bare it all.

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