This world, Wecht, has 32 similarly sized countries, these countries were once at conflict due to lack of resources.
It simply wasn't enough to share the resources out equally, countries did nothing but quarrel over who deserved what and why.
To prevent an inevitable war, an allied government was formed between the countries, and their solution to the problem of resource shortages was decided.
Every 2 years, each country would submit a team of it's finest, smartest, strongest, most agile residents between the ages of 16 and 18 inclusive into a year-long tournament bracket.
Battles would pit two countries' fighters against each other to test their skills in combat, puzzle solving, strength, perseverance and more.
If your team wins a battle, your country is moved onto the next round. If your team loses, your place on the bracket is finalized
Where your country ends on the bracket will designate your countries overall share of the planet's resources for the next two years.