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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,239thMost Influential: 6,759thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,930th
The Most Serene Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Too Sexy for my Shirt
Influence
Hatchling
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Good

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Ballson

Population743 million

CurrencyMana
AnimalBush Chicken

The Most Serene Republic of Ballson is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its public floggings, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 743 million Ballsonians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 73.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Ballsonian economy, worth 34.7 trillion Manas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry. Average income is 46,695 Manas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons', people accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety, and discarded pennies litter the streets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ballson's national animal is the Bush Chicken, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ballson is ranked 77,477th in the world and 2,562nd in Lazarus for Least Corrupt Governments, with 93.45 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,239thTop
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Most Influential: 6,759thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,930thMost Income Equality: 17,887thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,151stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20,035th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 65th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 210th in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 498th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 696th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ballson's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Ballson's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Ballson altered its national flag.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballson, discarded pennies litter the streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballson, people accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballson, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballson, shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned.
  • : Ballson was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Ballson ceased to exist in The South Pacific.
  • : Ballson was endorsed by The Midaic Republic of Midand.

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