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The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, daily referendums, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 31.785 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 1.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth a remarkable 9,140 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 287,585 Levs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

The family of Ballo bite their thumbs at paparazzi intrusions, foreign powers often deal with problems that Ballotonia can't handle, for 25 Levs tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy, and judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend. 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 865th in the world and 2nd in Nederland for Highest Crime Rates, with 57.96 Crimes Per Hour.

Most Efficient Economies: 9thLargest Populations: 35thMost Rebellious Youth: 126thSmartest Citizens: 129thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 130thLargest Publishing Industry: 131stHighest Economic Output: 284thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 292ndFattest Citizens: 333rdLargest Gambling Industry: 438thMost Advanced Public Education: 568thRudest Citizens: 643rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 644thMost Secular: 698thLargest Information Technology Sector: 741stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 763rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 765thMost Cheerful Citizens: 846thHighest Crime Rates: 865thLargest Mining Sector: 987thHighest Average Incomes: 1,362ndTop
Most Avoided: 1,618thMost Influential: 2,200thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,203rdMost Stationary: 2,341stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,462ndHighest Poor Incomes: 2,600thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,663rdLargest Retail Industry: 3,936thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,095thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,600thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,644thLargest Black Market: 7,146thTop
Largest Governments: 9,835thMost Armed: 10,615thMost Politically Free: 10,778thNudest: 10,847thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,912th
Smartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
Most Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, judicial robes are the country's hottest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, for 25 Levs tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, foreign powers often deal with problems that Ballotonia can't handle.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the family of Ballo bite their thumbs at paparazzi intrusions.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, police aim to defeat hatred with love with their "hugs-for-thugs" program.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, carefully-staged grief is displayed by Ballo after national disasters.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, Ballo's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader.


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