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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 528th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 754th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 767th
The Dictatorship of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Land of the glorious leader
Glorious Leader
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Balken

Population1.778 billion

CapitalThe Armor
LeaderGlorious Leader
FaithChristian

CurrencyGlorious Dollar
AnimalDoggo

The Dictatorship of Balken is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Glorious Leader with an iron fist, and remarkable for its closed borders, zero percent divorce rate, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.778 billion Gopniks are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Administration are also considered important, while Welfare and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Armor. The average income tax rate is 91.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gopnikian economy, worth 449 trillion Glorious Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 252,762 Glorious Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries, immigrant herding has become a national pastime, and the thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balken's national animal is the Doggo, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Christian.

Balken is ranked 143,655th in the world and 24th in NationStates World Regions for Most Pro-Market, scoring -70.56 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 528thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 754thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 767thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 847thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,569thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,627thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,872ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,159thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,297thLargest Mining Sector: 2,499thHighest Average Incomes: 2,803rdMost Avoided: 2,941stLowest Crime Rates: 3,032ndLargest Black Market: 3,604thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,738thLargest Governments: 4,648thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,468thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,573rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,682ndMost Advanced Public Education: 8,326thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 8,898thMost Secular: 10,125thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,634thMost Authoritarian: 11,085thMost Efficient Economies: 12,184thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,636thMost Conservative: 13,053rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,545th
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Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Balken was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Balken, the thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions.
  • : Following new legislation in Balken, immigrant herding has become a national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Balken, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Balken, police spend their Saturday nights breaking up illegal street races.
  • : Following new legislation in Balken, foreigners must sell an arm and a leg to afford surgery in Balken.
  • : Following new legislation in Balken, executions are marked by quiet dignity and maybe a final round or two of whist.
  • : Following new legislation in Balken, children are often punished for the sins of the fathers.
  • : Following new legislation in Balken, dynamite sales and concert audiences are booming.
  • : Balken was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.

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