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Most Armed: 4,477thNudest: 6,792ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,878th
The Very Inactive of
Father Knows Best State
Ego tenens imperium
Payton
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Balaslandia

Population2.931 billion

CapitalNew Balaslandia
LeaderPayton
FaithNone

CurrencyStar
AnimalBlack Bear

The Very Inactive of Balaslandia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Payton with an iron fist, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, national health service, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, cynical population of 2.931 billion Balaslandians 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 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 New Balaslandia. The average income tax rate is 35.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Balaslandian economy, worth 389 trillion Stars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 132,887 Stars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs, cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", and a byzantine web of conspiracies and secret alliances must be navigated any time legislation is voted upon. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balaslandia's national animal is the Black Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is None.

Balaslandia is ranked 144,841st in the world and 90th in First World Order for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 45.74 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Most Armed: 4,477thNudest: 6,792ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,878thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,594thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,902ndTop
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Most Secular: 12,935thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,757thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,823rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,949thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,511thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,167thHighest Average Incomes: 18,839thMost Inclusive: 19,229thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 20,385thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 20,558thLargest Black Market: 21,133rdMost Developed: 22,449thMost Cultured: 22,515thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,985th
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Nudest: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 14th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Secular: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 18th in the regionMost Armed: 19th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 20th in the region

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