by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 3,142ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,686thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,317th
The United Socialist States of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Progress, Equality, Prosperity
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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Balcem

Population537 million

CapitalPradia

CurrencyYeet
AnimalLeafcutter Ant

The United Socialist States of Balcem is a huge, genial nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, infamous sell-swords, and otherworldly petting zoo. The compassionate, democratic population of 537 million Balcemians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pradia. The average income tax rate is 67.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Balcemian economy, worth 46.4 trillion Yeets a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is 86,345 Yeets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Much of Balcem's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence, the best defense is a good fence, artists are pillars of society, and many marriages go virtually unconsummated. Crime is totally unknown. Balcem's national animal is the Leafcutter Ant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Balcem is ranked 16,788th in the world and 269th in Europe for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 8,109.31 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Secular: 3,142ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,686thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,317thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,860thMost Influential: 6,679thMost Pacifist: 8,284thSafest: 11,870thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,348thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,510thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 14,036thMost Inclusive: 14,150thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,615thNicest Citizens: 16,129thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,788thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,863rdSmartest Citizens: 19,016thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,044thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,863rdLargest Retail Industry: 19,991stLargest Publishing Industry: 21,094thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,756thHealthiest Citizens: 21,840thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,585thHighest Food Quality: 23,102ndMost Developed: 24,356thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24,891stMost Beautiful Environments: 25,290thHighest Poor Incomes: 27,022nd
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Most Secular: 58th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 63rd in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 72nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Balcem, many marriages go virtually unconsummated.
  • : Following new legislation in Balcem, artists are pillars of society.
  • : Balcem voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Crime Victims' Rights Act".
  • : Balcem endorsed The Federal Republic of Gotho.
  • : Balcem endorsed The Republic of Zelenskraine.
  • : Following new legislation in Balcem, the best defense is a good fence.
  • : Following new legislation in Balcem, much of Balcem's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence.
  • : Following new legislation in Balcem, dubiously qualified East Lebatuckese doctors prescribe ice baths as a treatment for pneumonia.
  • : Following new legislation in Balcem, a common response to government PSAs is "well, DUH, obviously".
  • : Following new legislation in Balcem, bins outnumber trees in city parks.

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