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Largest Black Market: 2,227th Most Subsidized Industry: 3,049th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,385th
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

Population10.594 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, avowedly heterosexual populace, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 10.594 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, although Education, Industry, and Environment are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riga. The average income tax rate is 82.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Baltican economy, worth a remarkable 1,168 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 110,313 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. 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 154,313th in the world and 7th in Alternate History World for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring -12.07 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

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Largest Black Market: 2,227thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,049thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,385thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,987thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,810thBest Weather: 6,789thMost Devout: 7,388thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,566thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,870thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,940thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 9,134thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,344thMost Developed: 9,691stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,015thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,267thHighest Economic Output: 11,032ndMost Stationary: 11,278thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,995thMost Efficient Economies: 12,788thMost Cultured: 12,978thMost Influential: 13,822ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,009thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,150th

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