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Most Influential: 7,617thMost Armed: 7,793rdLargest Welfare Programs: 15,220th
The Federation of
Father Knows Best State
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Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
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Balnik

Population13.729 billion

CapitalRustov
LeaderAndre Chernobog

CurrencyVrag
AnimalRed Eagle

The Federation of Balnik is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Andre Chernobog with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, compulsory gun ownership, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 13.729 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 66.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Balniki economy, worth 744 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 54,259 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 178,802nd in the world and 179th in The Western Isles for Rudest Citizens, with 32.4 insults per minute.

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Most Influential: 7,617thMost Armed: 7,793rdTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 15,220thMost Stationary: 19,194thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,770thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,854thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,041stLargest Populations: 21,811th
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Most Armed: 19th in the regionLargest Populations: 21st in the region

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