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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 101stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 116thHighest Poor Incomes: 234th
The Iron Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
In God We Trust
Ernst Kreuz
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population9.885 billion

CapitalNew Blitzkov
LeaderErnst Kreuz

CurrencyIron Mark
AnimalBallistikovian Eagle

The Iron Republic of Ballistikov is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Ernst Kreuz with an iron fist, and renowned for its digital currency, sprawling nuclear power plants, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.885 billion Ballistikovians 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, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Blitzkov. The average income tax rate is 99.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Ballistikovian economy, worth a remarkable 4,750 trillion Iron Marks 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, fairly 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 480,562 Iron Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, the giant 80-storey carving of Ernst Kreuz in Mount Rushless can be seen from space, nations across the world are quick to praise Ernst Kreuz's good looks and intellectual prowess, and the clergy of Christianity remains a single-sex institution. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ballistikov's national animal is the Ballistikovian Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

Ballistikov is ranked 1,730th in the world and 48th in the Pacific for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 99.07 Effective Tax Rate.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 101stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 116thHighest Poor Incomes: 234thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 253rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 260thMost Patriotic: 378thMost Devout: 411thLargest Black Market: 445thHighest Average Incomes: 475thLargest Mining Sector: 613thMost Corrupt Governments: 746thLowest Crime Rates: 790thMost Armed: 874thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,055thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,268thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,314thLargest Governments: 1,482ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,588thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,730thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,737thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,793rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,965thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,130thMost Efficient Economies: 2,575thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,706thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,803rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,112thHighest Economic Output: 3,136thTop
Most Authoritarian: 3,330thMost Conservative: 3,493rdMost Developed: 3,495thHealthiest Citizens: 3,689thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,633rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,750thSmartest Citizens: 6,006thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,124thMost Cultured: 9,875thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,032ndMost Influential: 13,999thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,533rdLargest Welfare Programs: 23,225thMost Extreme: 24,104thLargest Publishing Industry: 26,896th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionMost Armed: 19th in the regionMost Patriotic: 20th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 30th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 31st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 40th in the regionLargest Governments: 48th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 48th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 52nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 53rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 61st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 62nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 63rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 69th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 72nd in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 108th in the regionMost Developed: 109th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 114th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 117th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 119th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 146th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 151st in the regionMost Extreme: 167th in the regionMost Conservative: 208th in the regionMost Cultured: 232nd in the regionMost Influential: 237th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 254th in the regionLargest Populations: 294th in the regionMost Stationary: 342nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 370th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 530th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 604th in the region

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