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The Free Democracy of Ballotonia Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63

“Vote early, vote often.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excessive

Regional Influence: Instigator

Location: Nederland

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The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and renowned for its irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 25.473 billion Ballons hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, liberal individuals is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with areas such as Defence and Religion & Spirituality receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. Income tax is unheard of. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Book Publishing industry, followed by Gambling and Information Technology.

Birth rates have hit an all-time low, discarded pennies litter the streets, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller, and euthanasia is legal. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Ballotonia's national animal is the Penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, its national religion is Atheism, and its currency is the Lev.

Ballotonia is ranked 6th in Nederland and 929th in the world for Rudest Citizens, with 344.5 Insults Per Minute (net).

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 9 hours ago

  • 8 days ago: Following new legislation in Ballotonia, euthanasia is legal.
  • 13 days ago: Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • 27 days ago: Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry (last census: Top 10%).
  • 28 days ago: Ballotonia lodged a message on the Nederland Regional Message Board.
  • 29 days ago: Following new legislation in Ballotonia, discarded pennies litter the streets.
  • 30 days ago: Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Politically Free (last census: Top 10%).
  • 32 days ago: Following new legislation in Ballotonia, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • 40 days ago: Ballotonia lodged a message on the Nederland Regional Message Board.
  • 40 days ago: Following new legislation in Ballotonia, coalition governments are essential to passing new laws.
  • 42 days ago: Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential (last census: Top 1%).

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