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Largest Black Market: 2,263rd Most Subsidized Industry: 3,112th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,382nd
The Provisional Fasco Government of
Father Knows Best State
a nation lost in time near A.H.W
Zatlers Curnaer
Influence
Eminence Grise
Elder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Baltican Union

Population10.945 billion

CapitalRiga
LeaderZatlers Curnaer
FaithCatholicism

CurrencyBaltMark
AnimalReindeer

The Provisional Fasco Government of Baltican Union is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Zatlers Curnaer with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, pith helmet sales, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 10.945 billion Baltican's 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, 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 82.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Baltican economy, worth a remarkable 1,209 trillion BaltMarks a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 110,480 BaltMarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents, concerned environmentalists wipe away their tears with tissues sourced from Tasmanian old-growth redwoods, and citizens are arrested for naturally producing proteins. 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 Catholicism.

Baltican Union is ranked 13,147th in the world and 1st in Alternate History World for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 99.29 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Black Market: 2,263rdMost Subsidized Industry: 3,112thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,382ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,113thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,775thBest Weather: 6,761stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,537thMost Devout: 7,631stMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,872ndMost Corrupt Governments: 8,103rdTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 9,100thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,382ndMost Developed: 9,832ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,166thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,278thMost Stationary: 10,681stHighest Economic Output: 10,923rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,921stMost Cultured: 12,982ndMost Efficient Economies: 13,147thMost Influential: 13,685thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,946thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,291stLargest Governments: 16,839th

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