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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,650th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,929th Largest Mining Sector: 3,029th
The Grand Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Death Before Dishonor
Zalvini Yurskov
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Ballistikov

Population1.842 billion

CapitalBlitzkov
LeaderZalvini Yurskov
FaithChristianity

CurrencyCredits
Animalgolden eagle

The Grand Empire of Ballistikov is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Zalvini Yurskov with an iron fist, and notable for its vat-grown people, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.842 billion Ballistikovians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Blitzkov. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 55.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Ballistikovian economy, worth 323 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 175,591 Credits, with the richest citizens earning 6.9 times as much as the poorest.

Ballistikovian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact, citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims, smoking is banned in public areas, and long-wed spouses often regret proposals they made when they were twenty. 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 golden eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

Ballistikov is ranked 111,981st in the world and 5,372nd in The North Pacific for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 64.14 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,650thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,929thLargest Mining Sector: 3,029thMost Avoided: 3,055thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,384thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,428thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,641stMost Corrupt Governments: 4,555thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,302ndLargest Black Market: 5,885thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,374thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 8,156thHighest Average Incomes: 8,258thLargest Retail Industry: 9,575thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,217thMost Efficient Economies: 10,479thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,758thMost Secular: 11,081stMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,510thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,660thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,386thRudest Citizens: 14,863rd
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Largest Mining Sector: 94th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 95th in the regionMost Avoided: 106th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 113th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 113th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 134th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 135th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 171st in the regionLargest Black Market: 183rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 196th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 247th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 308th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 412th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 415th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 478th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 506th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 538th in the regionMost Secular: 602nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 613th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 656th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 665th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 708th in the region

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