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Most Authoritarian: 2,955thMost Income Equality: 2,978thSafest: 7,458th
The Worker's Socialist Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Hoxhaism-Leninism shall guide the Workers of the Baltic
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Baltinica

Population573 million

CapitalRiga

CurrencyBaltinican Ruble
AnimalGrey Wolf

The Worker's Socialist Republic of Baltinica is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, suspicion of poets, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical, devout population of 573 million Baltinicans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — prioritizes Law & Order, although Defense, Welfare, and Administration are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riga. The average income tax rate is 84.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Baltinican economy, worth 8.93 trillion Baltinican Rubles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Uranium Mining, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 15,583 Baltinican Rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ministers are now allowed to put suggestions in the governmental suggestion box, phone taps are frequently carried out by the police, if you go into the woods today you're sure of a big surprise, and it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Baltinica's national animal is the Grey Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Baltinica is ranked 271,351st in the world and 1,299th in The Communist Bloc for Most Politically Free, scoring 3.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Authoritarian: 2,955thMost Income Equality: 2,978thSafest: 7,458thMost Conservative: 10,005thMost Pacifist: 11,341stTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 14,990thLowest Crime Rates: 22,750thMost Patriotic: 23,442ndMost Extreme: 23,515th
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Most Authoritarian: 10th in the regionMost Extreme: 11th in the regionTop
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Most Conservative: 53rd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 70th in the regionMost Devout: 98th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 116th in the region

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