by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,204thLargest Retail Industry: 4,181stMost Influential: 6,636th
The Confederacy of
Left-Leaning College State
Per pecunia ad astra
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population328 million

CapitalLaplace Ring


The Confederacy of Balante is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 328 million Balanteans enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Laplace Ring. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Balantean economy, worth 31.4 trillion thalers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 95,724 thalers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 330,954 per year while the poor average 20,240, a ratio of 16.4 to 1.

Party affiliation is just as irrelevant as campaign promises, the slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework, children prefer to begin their day with push-ups rather than breakfast, and excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Balante's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Balante is ranked 96,689th in the world and 587th in Europe for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 1,067.27 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,204thLargest Retail Industry: 4,181stMost Influential: 6,636thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,805thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,490thTop
Most Avoided: 12,001stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,940thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,535thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,086thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,859th
Most Avoided: 34th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 41st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 50th in the regionTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 69th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 70th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 85th in the regionMost Armed: 94th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 107th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 110th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 120th in the region

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