by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 7,290thMost Influential: 8,055thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,192nd
The Federation of
Father Knows Best State
Balnika zauvijek vise
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population12.299 billion

LeaderAndre Chernobog

AnimalRed Eagle

The Federation of Balnik is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Andre Chernobog with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 12.299 billion Balniki are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Healthcare, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rustov. The average income tax rate is 65.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Balniki economy, worth 695 trillion Vrags a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 56,557 Vrags, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Balnik isn't what it used to be, fishermen take out second mortgages to afford the yearly fishing permit, ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools, and plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balnik's national animal is the Red Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Balnik is ranked 34,988th in the world and 67th in The Western Isles for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 1,599.18 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Armed: 7,290thMost Influential: 8,055thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 17,192ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,801stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,522ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,942ndLargest Populations: 22,730thMost Stationary: 23,051st
Most Armed: 14th in the region

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