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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 221stMost Influential: 290thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,665th
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Population4.771 billion

LeaderEvenlyn Raleigh

AnimalLeafcutter Ant

The Socialist Meritocracy of Balcem is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Evenlyn Raleigh with a fair hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, state-planned economy, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.771 billion Balcemians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pradia. The average income tax rate is 96.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Balcemian economy, worth 935 trillion Euros a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 196,125 Euros, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

No one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed, anything is permissible when wearing latex gloves, every school is receiving a brand new eraser, and the sound of office water cooler chatter has been replaced by the whirring of computer cooling fans. Crime is totally unknown. Balcem's national animal is the Leafcutter Ant, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is None.

Balcem is ranked 281,603rd in the world and 1,269th in Europe for Fattest Citizens, with 4.66 Obesity Rate.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 221stMost Influential: 290thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,665thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,673rdMost Inclusive: 2,691stMost Secular: 2,715thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 3,079thNicest Citizens: 3,419thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,728thMost Developed: 3,756thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,811thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,905thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,933rdMost Pacifist: 3,978thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,452ndSmartest Citizens: 4,532ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,582ndLargest Governments: 4,831stHighest Food Quality: 4,968thHealthiest Citizens: 4,972ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,274thSafest: 5,458thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,502ndMost Advanced Public Education: 5,599thMost Efficient Economies: 6,252ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,648thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,742ndMost Rebellious Youth: 6,747thLowest Crime Rates: 6,995thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,106thHighest Average Incomes: 10,853rdMost Beautiful Environments: 11,505thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,321stTop
Best Weather: 16,408thLargest Retail Industry: 16,922ndLargest Publishing Industry: 17,595thMost Cheerful Citizens: 18,469thMost Cultured: 19,556th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 26th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 39th in the regionMost Secular: 43rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 44th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 47th in the regionMost Inclusive: 61st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 64th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 66th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 67th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 68th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 71st in the regionLargest Governments: 71st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 72nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 75th in the regionMost Developed: 76th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 81st in the regionMost Pacifist: 89th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 89th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 90th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 93rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 96th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 100th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 100th in the regionSafest: 104th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 104th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 104th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 108th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 113th in the regionMost Influential: 121st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 127th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 133rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 134th in the regionNudest: 135th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 138th in the region

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