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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63
Most Efficient Economies: 9th Largest Populations: 28th Most Rebellious Youth: 125th
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Population34.834 billion



The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, flagrant waste-dumping, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 34.834 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 an astonishing 10,003 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 786th in the world and 2nd in Nederland for Highest Crime Rates, with 57.96 Crimes Per Hour.

Most Efficient Economies: 9thLargest Populations: 28thMost Rebellious Youth: 125thLargest Publishing Industry: 136thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 139thSmartest Citizens: 222ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 233rdHighest Economic Output: 289thFattest Citizens: 371stLargest Gambling Industry: 416thMost Advanced Public Education: 703rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 710thHighest Disposable Incomes: 747thHighest Crime Rates: 786thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 806thMost Cheerful Citizens: 850thLargest Mining Sector: 951stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,279thRudest Citizens: 1,455thMost Avoided: 1,476thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,595thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 1,737thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,922ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,987thMost Stationary: 2,003rdMost Influential: 2,992ndHighest Poor Incomes: 3,414thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,531stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,986thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,261stLargest Retail Industry: 5,671stMost Secular: 6,678thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,746thTop
Largest Black Market: 8,564thLargest Governments: 10,422ndNudest: 11,081stMost Armed: 11,715thMost Politically Free: 11,868th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 6th in the region

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