by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 1,659thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,198thLargest Retail Industry: 3,093rd
The Confederated Corporations of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Per pecunia ad astra
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population2.086 billion

CapitalLaplace Ring
Leaderthe Board


The Confederated Corporations of Balante is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by the Board with an even hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 2.086 billion Balanteans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Laplace Ring. The average income tax rate is 36.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Balantean economy, worth 298 trillion thalers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 143,099 thalers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

The government is attempting to impose a new national language on the public, the Hanging Gardens account for half of Laplace Ring's water use, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, and colonial subjects have Balantean culture shoved down their throats. Crime is well under control. Balante's national animal is the anaconda, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is NULL.

Balante is ranked 2,198th in the world and 181st in Europe for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 103 valid endorsements.

Most Influential: 1,659thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,198thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 3,093rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,473rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,548thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,437thRudest Citizens: 10,476thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,996thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,887thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 13,733rdMost Developed: 15,270thLargest Black Market: 15,419thMost Efficient Economies: 15,878thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,724thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,891stHighest Average Incomes: 17,056thMost Secular: 19,631stSmartest Citizens: 19,737thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,169thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,301stMost Cultured: 23,990thLongest Average Lifespans: 26,002nd
Largest Retail Industry: 40th in the regionMost Avoided: 52nd in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 82nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 82nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 89th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 105th in the regionMost Armed: 114th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 124th in the region

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