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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,444thMost Influential: 3,715thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,304th
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Balkanturistan

Population3.157 billion

CapitalNathalion
LeaderComrade Toma
FaithBackgammon

CurrencyMarx
AnimalBoyko

The Socialist Federation of Balkanturistan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Comrade Toma with a fair hand, and renowned for its state-planned economy, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.157 billion Balkanturisti are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nathalion. The average income tax rate is 88.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Balkanturist economy, worth 263 trillion Marxes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is 83,553 Marxes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler', terrorists are on a first name basis with the officials that stamp their passports, and staffers take uppers in the old upper house chamber. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balkanturistan's national animal is the Boyko, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Backgammon.

Balkanturistan is ranked 132,411th in the world and 133rd in The Free Nations Region for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -1 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 3,444thMost Influential: 3,715thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,304thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,677thMost Pacifist: 4,759thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,080thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,410thSafest: 5,777thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,776thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,876thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,333rdNicest Citizens: 7,546thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,086thMost Inclusive: 9,618thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,511thBest Weather: 11,085thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,476thHighest Food Quality: 11,703rdMost Beautiful Environments: 12,153rdMost Secular: 12,790thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 13,677thMost Cultured: 13,678thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,608thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,432ndSmartest Citizens: 16,759thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,424thLargest Governments: 20,096thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,865thLowest Crime Rates: 21,439thMost Income Equality: 22,249thHighest Poor Incomes: 22,759th
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 14th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionMost Pacifist: 16th in the regionMost Politically Free: 17th in the regionTop
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Safest: 24th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 31st in the regionMost Secular: 33rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Balkanturistan, staffers take uppers in the old upper house chamber.
  • : Following new legislation in Balkanturistan, terrorists are on a first name basis with the officials that stamp their passports.
  • : Following new legislation in Balkanturistan, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler'.
  • : Following new legislation in Balkanturistan, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose.
  • : Balkanturistan endorsed The Republic of Volaire.
  • : Following new legislation in Balkanturistan, the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance.
  • : Following new legislation in Balkanturistan, ministers browse Alright! magazine for fashion tips.
  • : Following new legislation in Balkanturistan, Balkanturistan is notorious for its citizens' infidelity.
  • : Following new legislation in Balkanturistan, the nation takes the world's poor and tired and the huddled Masses yearning to breathe free.
  • : Following new legislation in Balkanturistan, the official Balkanturist Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child.

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