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Ballotonia

Population34.155 billion

CapitalTulipolis
LeaderBallo
FaithAtheism

CurrencyLev
AnimalPenguin

The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, flagrant waste-dumping, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 34.155 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 9,808 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 427th in the world and 2nd in Nederland for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 29,418.56 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 8thLargest Populations: 28thMost Rebellious Youth: 128thLargest Publishing Industry: 134thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 146thSmartest Citizens: 210thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 241stHighest Economic Output: 294thFattest Citizens: 361stLargest Gambling Industry: 427thMost Advanced Public Education: 683rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 702ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 745thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 791stHighest Crime Rates: 800thMost Cheerful Citizens: 861stLargest Mining Sector: 977thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,171stRudest Citizens: 1,346thMost Avoided: 1,474thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,513thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,660thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,005thMost Stationary: 2,056thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,083rdMost Influential: 2,860thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,338thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,609thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,022ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,289thLargest Retail Industry: 5,485thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,915thMost Secular: 6,302ndTop
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Largest Black Market: 8,248thLargest Governments: 10,367thNudest: 10,473rdMost Armed: 10,656thMost Politically Free: 10,988th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the region

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