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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, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, unlimited-speed roads, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 26.385 billion Ballons hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with Defense and Spirituality not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 1.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth a remarkable 7,269 trillion Levs a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 275,522 Levs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Euthanasia is legal, the people elect the Supreme Court justices directly, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, and consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Ballotonia's national animal is the Penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Atheism.

Ballotonia is ranked 3rd in Nederland and 337th in the world for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 524 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 53 minutes ago

  • 6 days ago: Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector (last census: Top 5%).
  • 6 days ago: Ballotonia lodged a message on the Nederland Regional Message Board.
  • 8 days ago: Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Public Sector.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Ballotonia, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed.
  • 14 days ago: Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Most Avoided (last census: Top 10%).
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Ballotonia, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • 16 days ago: Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Largest Information Technology Sector (last census: Top 10%).
  • 22 days ago: Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the people elect the Supreme Court justices directly.
  • 28 days ago: Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Pacifist.
  • 36 days ago: Following new legislation in Ballotonia, euthanasia is legal.

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