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Largest Black Market: 2,852ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,107thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,251st
The Pagan Authoritarian Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Life's but a walking shadow
Adolfas Makebelts
Influence
Envoy
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Baltican Union

Population15.007 billion

CapitalRiga
LeaderAdolfas Makebelts
FaithBaltic Paganism

CurrencyBaltMark
AnimalReindeer

The Pagan Authoritarian Republic of Baltican Union is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Adolfas Makebelts with an iron fist, and renowned for its avant-garde cinema, smutty television, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 15.007 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 85.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Baltican economy, worth a remarkable 1,892 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 126,078 BaltMarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Female restaurant chefs are not allowed to have male customers, theft is considered to be okay if the crime happened a long time ago, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita, and sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery. 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 5,363rd in the world and 1st in Western Africa for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 4,380.89 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Largest Black Market: 2,852ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,107thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,251stMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,363rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,488thMost Devout: 7,034thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,754thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,192ndBest Weather: 8,382ndMost Advanced Public Education: 8,538thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,726thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,727thHighest Economic Output: 8,734thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,193rdMost Cultured: 11,297thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,328thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,728thMost Developed: 12,818thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,981stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,314thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,077thLargest Governments: 15,186thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,758thLargest Populations: 15,987thHighest Average Incomes: 21,038thHighest Poor Incomes: 22,742ndLowest Crime Rates: 22,886th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Baltican Union was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Baltican Union, sending sick politicians "Get Well Soon" cards is considered bribery.
  • : Following new legislation in Baltican Union, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in Baltican Union, theft is considered to be okay if the crime happened a long time ago.
  • : Following new legislation in Baltican Union, female restaurant chefs are not allowed to have male customers.
  • : Following new legislation in Baltican Union, coffee cups have grown in size to accommodate the huge ingredients list.
  • : Baltican Union's influence in Western Africa rose from "Duckspeaker" to "Envoy".
  • : Baltican Union lodged a message on the Western Africa Regional Message Board.
  • : Baltican Union was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Baltican Union was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.

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