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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 10,033rd Most Cultured: 11,016th Largest Publishing Industry: 12,268th
The Royal Kingdom of
Father Knows Best State
Long live his Glory, the King
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Balashov

Population3.996 billion

CapitalVlasnok
LeaderKing Zuri I
FaithVuarkism

CurrencyBulok
AnimalRoyal Eagle

The Royal Kingdom of Balashov is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Zuri I with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 3.996 billion Balashovians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vlasnok. The average income tax rate is 58.2%.

The all-consuming Balashovian economy, worth 478 trillion Buloks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 119,812 Buloks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, King Zuri I is famed for giving great back rubs, and statue-sitting has replaced the stake-out as the dullest form of police duty. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balashov's national animal is the Royal Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Vuarkism.

Balashov is ranked 61,344th in the world and 2,147th in Lazarus for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 2,719.58 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 10,033rdMost Cultured: 11,016thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,268thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,156thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,171stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,685thLowest Crime Rates: 15,787thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,748thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,767th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 405th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Balashov's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Balashov was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Balashov, statue-sitting has replaced the stake-out as the dullest form of police duty.
  • : Following new legislation in Balashov, King Zuri I is famed for giving great back rubs.
  • : Following new legislation in Balashov, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Balashov, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year.
  • : Balashov was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Balashov was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Balashov's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Balashov was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.

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