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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63
Most Efficient Economies: 8th Largest Populations: 29th Most Rebellious Youth: 128th
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Population34.495 billion



The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 34.495 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 9,905 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 8th in the world and 1st in Nederland for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 8thLargest Populations: 29thMost Rebellious Youth: 128thLargest Publishing Industry: 135thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 147thSmartest Citizens: 219thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 237thHighest Economic Output: 290thFattest Citizens: 363rdLargest Gambling Industry: 416thLeast Corrupt Governments: 704thMost Advanced Public Education: 707thHighest Disposable Incomes: 741stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 813thHighest Crime Rates: 817thMost Cheerful Citizens: 856thLargest Mining Sector: 954thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,233rdRudest Citizens: 1,446thMost Avoided: 1,492ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,553rdTop
Highest Average Incomes: 1,722ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,021stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,030thMost Stationary: 2,034thMost Influential: 2,956thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,343rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,565thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,091stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,390thLargest Retail Industry: 5,619thMost Secular: 6,587thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,659thTop
Largest Black Market: 8,522ndLargest Governments: 10,528thNudest: 10,883rdMost Armed: 11,213thMost Politically Free: 11,660th
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 6th in the region

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