by Max Barry

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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63
Most Efficient Economies: 7th Largest Populations: 31st Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 122nd
The Free Democracy of
New York Times Democracy
Vote early, vote often.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population35.602 billion



The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, national health service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 35.602 billion Ballons enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The tiny, outspoken government is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with Industry also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 4.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 10,359 trillion Levs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 290,984 Levs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Airport security is provided by private companies, litter collection has replaced fast food as the most popular after-school job, the government has stated an intention to min-max its stats for 'teh pwnage', and parents who fail mandatory parenting classes risk having their children taken away. 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 202nd in the world and 2nd in Nederland for Smartest Citizens, with 321.62 Quips Per Hour.

Most Efficient Economies: 7thLargest Populations: 31stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 122ndLargest Publishing Industry: 123rdMost Rebellious Youth: 129thSmartest Citizens: 202ndHighest Economic Output: 285thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 357thFattest Citizens: 480thMost Advanced Public Education: 492ndLargest Gambling Industry: 532ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 620thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 740thMost Scientifically Advanced: 742ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 772ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 895thLargest Mining Sector: 957thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,014thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,156thHighest Crime Rates: 1,518thHighest Average Incomes: 1,730thTop
Most Stationary: 1,911thRudest Citizens: 2,061stMost Avoided: 2,111thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,874thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,088thMost Influential: 3,230thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,919thMost Secular: 5,565thLargest Retail Industry: 5,731stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,526thLargest Governments: 7,646thMost Inclusive: 8,764thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 9,809thMost Pacifist: 10,098thLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,207thLargest Black Market: 13,662ndNudest: 13,778thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,055th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, parents who fail mandatory parenting classes risk having their children taken away.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the government has stated an intention to min-max its stats for 'teh pwnage'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, litter collection has replaced fast food as the most popular after-school job.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, airport security is provided by private companies.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, centuries-old legal documents detailing agnatic-cognatic gavelkind succession are being dusted off again.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, many suspect that the 'Whinny The Plop' children's magazine contains covert criticism of Ballo.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, education and welfare spending are on the rise.
  • : Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, many aides in Ballo's office are known to be serial jaywalkers.


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