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Most Devout: 1,470th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,701st Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,809th
The Holy Empire of
New York Times Democracy
The righteous shall be the victors
Holy Emperor Lucious Schneider
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Balican

Population8.703 billion

CapitalMizule
LeaderHoly Emperor Lucious Schneider
FaithChristianity

CurrencyDorn
AnimalArctic wolf

The Holy Empire of Balican is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Holy Emperor Lucious Schneider with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.703 billion Balicaknights enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mizule. The average income tax rate is 14.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Balicanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,446 trillion Dorns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 166,185 Dorns, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Holy Emperor Lucious Schneider is frequently seen begging critics to stop insulting the government, several cabinet ministers have complained that Holy Emperor Lucious Schneider is giving them the evil eye, orientation videos remind rookie female politicians that slaps on the bottom are perfectly acceptable forms of communication, and the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Balican's national animal is the Arctic wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Balican is ranked 46,739th in the world and 9th in Catholic for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 69.29 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Most Devout: 1,470thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,701stMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,809thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,193rdMost Cultured: 5,021stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,620thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,316thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,838thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,615thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,183rdBest Weather: 9,331stHighest Economic Output: 9,351stHighest Average Incomes: 9,572ndMost Developed: 10,342ndLongest Average Lifespans: 10,787thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,793rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,891stMost Efficient Economies: 12,215thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,305thHealthiest Citizens: 13,112thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,499thSmartest Citizens: 13,616thRudest Citizens: 14,666thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,504th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the region

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