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Most Valuable International Artwork: 663rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 686thRudest Citizens: 1,509th
The Monarchy of
Capitalist Paradise
Ve er Ped, ve ar pad, ve or pod
Influence
Superpower
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Balticonia

Population5.395 billion

CapitalCintornia
LeaderCalobo VI
FaithTyrellianism

CurrencyDolor
AnimalFour-headed Eagle

The Monarchy of Balticonia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Calobo VI with an even hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 5.395 billion Balticonians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cintornia. The average income tax rate is 5.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Balticonian economy, worth 961 trillion Dolors a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 178,224 Dolors, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Savvy nightclub-goers know that structurally unsound venues sell the cheapest drinks, the government is pursuing a new programme aimed at promoting cultural sophistication, wounded veterans can only get prosthetics if they agree to become walking billboards for the arms industry, and heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Balticonia's national animal is the Four-headed Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Tyrellianism.

Balticonia is ranked 12,149th in the world and 1st in Lezra for Most Armed, with 7.84 Weapons Per Person.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 663rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 686thRudest Citizens: 1,509thFattest Citizens: 1,549thLargest Retail Industry: 1,598thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,328thTop
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Most Avoided: 2,548thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,008thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,680thMost Devout: 3,756thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,880thMost Efficient Economies: 4,912thMost Influential: 5,748thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,517thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,325thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,530thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,088thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,465thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,768thHighest Average Incomes: 9,274thLargest Mining Sector: 9,699thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,978thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,096thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,699thMost Armed: 12,149thTop
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Largest Black Market: 12,397thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 15,212thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,207thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,658thHighest Economic Output: 19,249thMost Stationary: 20,913th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia resigned from the World Assembly.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Balticonia changed its national animal to "Four-headed Eagle", its capital to "Cintornia", its currency to "Dolor", its demonym to "Balticonian", its demonym adjective to "Balticonian", its demonym plural to "Balticonians", its faith to "Tyrellianism", its leader to "Calobo VI", its motto to "Ve er Ped, ve ar pad, ve or pod", and its nation type to "Monarchy".

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