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Ballotonia

Population32.873 billion

CapitalTulipolis
LeaderBallo
FaithAtheism

CurrencyLev
AnimalPenguin

The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 32.873 billion Ballons hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, outspoken government is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with Defense and Spirituality not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 2.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth a remarkable 9,440 trillion Levs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 287,171 Levs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

Politicians who misplace decimal points on expense reports are fired for gross incompetence, snap elections are called whenever there's a chance to increase Ballo's majority, political cartoons depicting Ballo's face on a Penguin's buttocks are selling like hotcakes, and billions of Levs are being poured into a space program. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Ballotonia's national animal is the Penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is Atheism.

Ballotonia is ranked 167,150th in the world and 102nd in Nederland for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 9.67 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

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Most Efficient Economies: 9thLargest Populations: 30thLargest Publishing Industry: 135thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 135thMost Rebellious Youth: 141stSmartest Citizens: 151stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 278thHighest Economic Output: 293rdFattest Citizens: 352ndLargest Gambling Industry: 500thLeast Corrupt Governments: 635thMost Advanced Public Education: 644thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 858thMost Cheerful Citizens: 875thHighest Crime Rates: 885thRudest Citizens: 987thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,002ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,006thLargest Mining Sector: 1,030thHighest Average Incomes: 1,553rdMost Avoided: 1,689thTop
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Most Stationary: 2,190thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,260thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,426thMost Influential: 2,493rdHighest Poor Incomes: 2,929thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,816thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,247thLargest Retail Industry: 4,927thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,634thMost Secular: 6,018thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,542ndLargest Black Market: 8,131stTop
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Largest Governments: 10,300thNudest: 10,990thMost Armed: 11,632ndMost Politically Free: 12,116th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombified and Most Dead.
  • : Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 5% for Most Survivors.
  • : Ballotonia lodged a message on the Nederland Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, billions of Levs are being poured into a space program.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, political cartoons depicting Ballo's face on a Penguin's buttocks are selling like hotcakes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, snap elections are called whenever there's a chance to increase Ballo's majority.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, politicians who misplace decimal points on expense reports are fired for gross incompetence.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, Ballo is frequently seen begging critics to stop insulting the government.
  • : Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided.

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