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Largest Gambling Industry: 908thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 922ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,116th
The Barium of
Father Knows Best State
Barium
Influence
Envoy
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Ba

Population16.502 billion

CurrencyElectron
AnimalUp quark

The Barium of Ba is a gargantuan, orderly nation, renowned for its anti-smoking policies, pith helmet sales, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.502 billion Bans 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 minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Ban economy, worth a remarkable 3,464 trillion Electrons a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Gambling, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 209,916 Electrons, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 697,519 per year while the poor average 47,112, a ratio of 14.8 to 1.

It is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors, an extra hand on the leg will give a horse-and-a-half of lead in a hundred jiffies on seven furlongs, every week is blindness awareness week, and Violetist maidens who fall for an outsider must leave their violet light districts in shame. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Ba's national animal is the Up quark, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ba is ranked 243,418th in the world and 8th in Trav khar for Lowest Crime Rates, with 5.96 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

Top
1%
Largest Gambling Industry: 908thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 922ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,116thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,425thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,509thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,577thHighest Crime Rates: 1,664thTop
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,977thFattest Citizens: 3,193rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,443rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,516thMost Avoided: 3,545thHighest Economic Output: 3,823rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,192ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,814thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,031stLargest Retail Industry: 7,089thMost Efficient Economies: 7,303rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,547thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,796thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,369thLargest Black Market: 9,570thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,610thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,070thTop
10%
Largest Populations: 13,337thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,967thMost Armed: 14,889thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,780thLargest Mining Sector: 18,016thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,920thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 22,764th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ba was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Ba was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Ba's influence in Trav khar rose from "Duckspeaker" to "Envoy".
  • : Following new legislation in Ba, Violetist maidens who fall for an outsider must leave their violet light districts in shame.
  • : Following new legislation in Ba, every week is blindness awareness week.
  • : Following new legislation in Ba, an extra hand on the leg will give a horse-and-a-half of lead in a hundred jiffies on seven furlongs.
  • : Following new legislation in Ba, it is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors.
  • : Following new legislation in Ba, shelters struggle to keep up with the endless intake of stray animals.
  • : Ba was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Ba, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.

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