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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63
Most Efficient Economies: 8th Largest Populations: 30th Largest Publishing Industry: 123rd
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Excellent
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Frightening
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Ballotonia

Population35.411 billion

CapitalTulipolis
LeaderBallo
FaithAtheism

CurrencyLev
AnimalPenguin

The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 35.411 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 receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 3.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 10,239 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 289,148 Levs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Astronomers are flocking to Ballotonia to take advantage of its clear night skies, international tensions are high as Ballotonia threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason, and teenagers across the country are celebrating the defeat of a national curfew bill. 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 157,493rd in the world and 85th in Nederland for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -10.77 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 8thLargest Populations: 30thLargest Publishing Industry: 123rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 126thMost Rebellious Youth: 127thSmartest Citizens: 207thHighest Economic Output: 289thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 334thFattest Citizens: 429thLargest Gambling Industry: 475thMost Advanced Public Education: 562ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 677thLeast Corrupt Governments: 724thHighest Disposable Incomes: 764thMost Cheerful Citizens: 817thLargest Mining Sector: 989thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,096thHighest Crime Rates: 1,112thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,292ndRudest Citizens: 1,577thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,741stMost Avoided: 1,859thMost Stationary: 1,929thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,162ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,397thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,630thMost Influential: 3,181stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,534thLargest Retail Industry: 6,005thMost Secular: 6,168thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,179thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,721stTop
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Largest Governments: 8,545thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,562ndMost Politically Free: 9,939thMost Inclusive: 11,009thLargest Black Market: 11,367thNudest: 11,796thMost Pacifist: 14,108thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,000th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, international tensions are high as Ballotonia threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, astronomers are flocking to Ballotonia to take advantage of its clear night skies.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, entire families are dragged into counseling whenever children fight on a playground.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, politicians and casino owners who so much as wander into the same room are arrested on the spot.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, students memorise knock-knock jokes for their mandatory twice-a-term Comedy Examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Ballo's bedroom.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, cremation is compulsory for the deceased.

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