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Population33.814 billion



The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, daily referendums, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 33.814 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 a remarkable 9,710 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 11,674th in the world and 12th in Nederland for Most Armed, with 13.79 Weapons Per Person.

Most Efficient Economies: 8thLargest Populations: 30thMost Rebellious Youth: 134thLargest Publishing Industry: 139thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 150thSmartest Citizens: 200thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 255thHighest Economic Output: 294thFattest Citizens: 362ndLargest Gambling Industry: 442ndMost Advanced Public Education: 673rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 693rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 755thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 805thHighest Crime Rates: 839thMost Cheerful Citizens: 874thLargest Mining Sector: 1,002ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,134thRudest Citizens: 1,324thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,461stMost Avoided: 1,533rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,647thTop
Most Stationary: 2,087thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,101stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,213thMost Influential: 2,820thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,319thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,692ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,239thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,425thLargest Retail Industry: 5,703rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,917thMost Secular: 6,843rdLargest Black Market: 8,387thTop
Largest Governments: 10,524thNudest: 11,077thMost Armed: 11,674thMost Politically Free: 11,693rd
Fattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the region

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