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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63
Most Efficient Economies: 8th Largest Populations: 30th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 124th
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Ballotonia

Population35.418 billion

CapitalTulipolis
LeaderBallo
FaithAtheism

CurrencyLev
AnimalPenguin

The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 35.418 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 aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 3.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 10,238 trillion Levs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 289,089 Levs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government helps teach children how to kill a man from six paces, the 'three Rs' have become the 'four Rs' with the addition of Rightful Thought, it's never "just a game" with Ballotonian sports fans, and there is a dearth of space for new houses. 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 171,064th in the world and 107th in Nederland for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring -49.09 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 8thLargest Populations: 30thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 124thLargest Publishing Industry: 125thMost Rebellious Youth: 126thSmartest Citizens: 207thHighest Economic Output: 290thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 334thFattest Citizens: 432ndLargest Gambling Industry: 471stMost Advanced Public Education: 556thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 682ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 714thHighest Disposable Incomes: 766thMost Cheerful Citizens: 817thLargest Mining Sector: 986thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,080thHighest Crime Rates: 1,132ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,289thRudest Citizens: 1,451stTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,741stMost Avoided: 1,860thMost Stationary: 1,929thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,349thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,429thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,665thMost Influential: 3,186thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,305thLargest Retail Industry: 5,923rdMost Secular: 5,930thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,379thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,403rdLargest Governments: 8,457thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,534thTop
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Most Politically Free: 9,929thMost Inclusive: 10,998thLargest Black Market: 11,285thNudest: 12,031stMost Pacifist: 13,872ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,930th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, there is a dearth of space for new houses.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, it's never "just a game" with Ballotonian sports fans.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the 'three Rs' have become the 'four Rs' with the addition of Rightful Thought.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the government helps teach children how to kill a man from six paces.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, turning eighteen is often referred to as the 'Age of Aquarius'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, Ballotonia Barrier Island residents anxiously await their 'Bridge to Somewhere'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, economists claim no news is good news.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the nation is renowned abroad for its love of blood and guts.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason.

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