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Largest Black Market: 2,553rdMost Subsidized Industry: 2,949thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,983rd
The Pagan Authoritarian Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Life's but a walking shadow
Adolfas Makebelts
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Baltican Union

Population14.278 billion

LeaderAdolfas Makebelts
FaithBaltic Paganism


The Pagan Authoritarian Republic of Baltican Union is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Adolfas Makebelts with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.278 billion Baltican's are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Environment also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riga. The average income tax rate is 85.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Baltican economy, worth a remarkable 1,805 trillion BaltMarks a year, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 126,433 BaltMarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

It's rare to find an unchewed pencil, the government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, Adolfas Makebelts will only ring up foreign leaders if they agree to reverse the charges, and billions of BaltMarks are spent to take high-quality photos of the Reindeer Nebula. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Baltican Union's national animal is the Reindeer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Baltic Paganism.

Baltican Union is ranked 2,553rd in the world and 1st in Western Africa for Largest Black Market, with 918 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Black Market: 2,553rdMost Subsidized Industry: 2,949thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,983rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,227thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,317thMost Devout: 6,730thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,557thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,564thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,649thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,735thBest Weather: 8,151stMost Advanced Public Education: 8,338thHighest Economic Output: 8,748thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,832ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,955thTop
Most Cultured: 11,202ndMost Efficient Economies: 12,089thMost Developed: 12,352ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,743rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,203rdLargest Governments: 14,634thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,457thLargest Populations: 16,169thHighest Average Incomes: 20,603rd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 5th in the region

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