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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63
Most Valuable International Artwork: 13thLargest Populations: 28thMost Rebellious Youth: 123rd
The Free Democracy of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Vote early, vote often.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population38.269 billion



The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 38.269 billion Ballons have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny government is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with Industry, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 4.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 11,357 trillion Levs a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 296,771 Levs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

The nation is now proudly cholera-free, sex changes are routinely performed at Ballotonia's hospitals, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, and students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. 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 198,197th in the world and 105th in Nederland for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -11.83 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 13thLargest Populations: 28thMost Rebellious Youth: 123rdSmartest Citizens: 234thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 237thLargest Information Technology Sector: 294thHighest Economic Output: 303rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 442ndLargest Gambling Industry: 454thLeast Corrupt Governments: 556thMost Secular: 635thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 740thHighest Disposable Incomes: 765thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 858thMost Efficient Economies: 889thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,032ndFattest Citizens: 1,097thLargest Mining Sector: 1,132ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,241stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,251stMost Inclusive: 1,588thHighest Crime Rates: 1,615thMost Stationary: 1,694thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,716thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,987thHighest Average Incomes: 2,027thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,128thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,726thRudest Citizens: 2,726thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,999thMost Pacifist: 3,031stMost Influential: 3,715thMost Avoided: 5,430thLargest Governments: 7,353rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,779thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,820thMost Cultured: 8,955thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,849thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 13,531stMost Subsidized Industry: 17,369thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,965thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20,254th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 8th in the regionMost Politically Free: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, sex changes are routinely performed at Ballotonia's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the nation is now proudly cholera-free.
  • : Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, airport announcements inform passengers that flights have been delayed because pilots are having afternoon naps.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the police have been reduced to using duct tape instead of handcuffs following further cutbacks.
  • : Ballotonia altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, children listen incredulously when their grandparents explain what a "running river" is.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, nose plugs are the latest Ballotonian fashion accessory.


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