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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 155thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 198thLargest Insurance Industry: 267th
The Protectorate of
Corporate Police State
Determining who is smart and who was shot in the head.
Supreme Evil Overlord Balding
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Bald

Population18.908 billion

CapitalHairless City
LeaderSupreme Evil Overlord Balding
Faiththe Order of Saint Balding

CurrencyBald
AnimalBald Eagle

The Protectorate of Bald is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Supreme Evil Overlord Balding with an iron fist, and notable for its zero percent divorce rate, keen interest in outer space, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 18.908 billion Bald Bastards are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hairless City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 50.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Bald economy, worth a remarkable 6,617 trillion Balds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Retail, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 349,988 Balds, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,230,028 per year while the poor average 3,766, a ratio of 857 to 1.

Burning members of the Order of Violet is the nation's favorite pastime, giant no-kill traps baited with Bapst Red Ribbon and vintage bicycles have been popping up in back alleys nationwide, the moon's craters are more numerous every day, and Bald is suspiciously populated compared to its neighbors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bald's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the Order of Saint Balding.

Bald is ranked 253,094th in the world and 11,749th in The North Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1.8 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 155thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 198thLargest Insurance Industry: 267thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 692ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 731stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 836thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,161stLargest Mining Sector: 1,164thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,277thLargest Black Market: 1,346thHighest Economic Output: 1,365thHighest Average Incomes: 1,379thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,437thFattest Citizens: 1,442ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,776thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,803rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,144thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,160thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,202ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,403rdTop
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Most Stationary: 2,798thLowest Crime Rates: 2,836thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,879thMost Avoided: 2,894thLargest Retail Industry: 3,027thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,067thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,653rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,722ndMost Efficient Economies: 3,850thLargest Governments: 4,821stMost Patriotic: 6,908thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,950thLargest Populations: 10,765thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,845thMost Armed: 11,821stMost Influential: 12,334thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,520thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,539thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,619thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,293rdMost Pro-Market: 20,226thSmartest Citizens: 21,609thMost Devout: 23,579thMost Extreme: 24,182nd
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Largest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 23rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 35th in the regionMost Stationary: 43rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 46th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 47th in the regionFattest Citizens: 49th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 56th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 57th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 65th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 75th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 79th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 79th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 83rd in the regionMost Avoided: 91st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 105th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 106th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 113th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 116th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 123rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 149th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 154th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 208th in the regionLargest Governments: 254th in the regionMost Patriotic: 272nd in the regionMost Armed: 294th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 326th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 376th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 540th in the regionMost Extreme: 562nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 575th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 590th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 770th in the regionMost Devout: 821st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 833rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1,075th in the region

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