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Most Influential: 209thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,663rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,984th
The Retired Nation of
New York Times Democracy
From Many, One
Teddy R Hammarskj÷ld
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Balan Bar

Population12.343 billion

CapitalUrbs de lumine
LeaderTeddy R Hammarskj÷ld
FaithThe Nine Divine


The Retired Nation of Balan Bar is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Teddy R Hammarskj÷ld with a fair hand, and renowned for its public floggings, pith helmet sales, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic population of 12.343 billion Balan Barians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Urbs de lumine. The average income tax rate is 92.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Balan Barian economy, worth a remarkable 1,914 trillion francs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 155,090 francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, etiquette guides advise visitors to 'grovel gracefully', foreign governments are threatened if they so much as mention the word "election", and the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balan Bar's national animal is the Fox, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Nine Divine.

Balan Bar is ranked 173,775th in the world and 419th in Conch Kingdom for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 50.56 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Most Influential: 209thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,663rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,984thTop
Best Weather: 3,876thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,914thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,033rdLongest Average Lifespans: 4,151stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,496thMost Developed: 4,531stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,746thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,780thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,806thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,978thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,088thHighest Food Quality: 5,149thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,282ndHealthiest Citizens: 5,433rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,514thMost Inclusive: 5,636thSmartest Citizens: 5,735thNicest Citizens: 5,743rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,939thMost Pacifist: 5,984thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,028thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,204thMost Cultured: 6,426thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,123rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,201stLargest Governments: 7,509thMost Stationary: 8,619thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,029thHighest Economic Output: 10,011thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,293rdMost Efficient Economies: 10,405thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,298thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 14,011thSafest: 19,960thMost Secular: 21,315thLargest Populations: 25,773rd
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionBest Weather: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 16th in the regionMost Cultured: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionMost Inclusive: 20th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 20th in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 21st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 23rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 26th in the regionNudest: 28th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 29th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 32nd in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 37th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 37th in the region

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