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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,904thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,747thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,611th
The Holy Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Domus erat reditum affectare
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Good

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The Bedford Initiative

Population398 million

CapitalKassonia

CurrencyBedford Dollar
AnimalWolf

The Holy Empire of The Bedford Initiative is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, free-roaming dinosaurs, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 398 million Bedfordites 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kassonia. The average income tax rate is 18.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Bedforditian economy, worth 38.9 trillion Bedford Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 97,756 Bedford Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside, where there's a will there is usually a password manager, truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail, and glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. The Bedford Initiative's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Bedford Initiative is ranked 96,786th in the world and 3,178th in The East Pacific for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 851.66 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,904thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,747thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,611thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,354thMost Influential: 10,545thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 18,304thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 19,461stHighest Poor Incomes: 22,727thMost Cheerful Citizens: 23,762ndMost Average: 24,113th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 36th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 223rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 246th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 308th in the regionMost Average: 401st in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 486th in the regionMost Influential: 605th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 723rd in the region

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