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Most Pro-Market: 1,898thMost Extreme: 2,358thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,673rd
The Grey Shadow of
Anarchy
It's lonely under the mountain
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Beard of Balin

Population854 million

CapitalThe Lonely Mountain

Currencywhisker
AnimalSmaug

The Grey Shadow of Beard of Balin is a huge, socially progressive nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, absence of drug laws, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 854 million Balinian beards live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government prioritizes Defense, although Welfare, Healthcare, and Education are also considered important, while International Aid and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Lonely Mountain. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.9%.

The strong Bearded economy, worth 34.7 trillion whiskers a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 40,626 whiskers, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 265,289 per year while the poor average 2,455, a ratio of 108 to 1.

The country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, young children are regularly seen wagering pocket money at blackjack tables, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, and Beard of Balin has designated The Lonely Mountain as its capital city. Crime is a major problem, probably because of the absence of a police force. Beard of Balin's national animal is the Smaug, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Beard of Balin is ranked 227,149th in the world and 1st in The Zombie Factory for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring zero on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Most Pro-Market: 1,898thMost Extreme: 2,358thTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,673rdLargest Gambling Industry: 5,194thHighest Crime Rates: 7,272ndRudest Citizens: 11,223rdTop
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Most Avoided: 12,904thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,045thMost Politically Free: 14,144thHighest Drug Use: 14,465thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14,713thMost Armed: 20,854thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 21,551stNudest: 23,784th
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Nicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Beard of Balin was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Beard of Balin changed its national motto to "It's lonely under the mountain" and its nation type to "Grey Shadow".
  • : Beard of Balin changed its national animal to "Smaug" and its currency to "whisker".
  • : Beard of Balin's influence in The Zombie Factory rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".
  • : Beard of Balin was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Beard of Balin changed its national capital to "The Lonely Mountain".
  • : Following new legislation in Beard of Balin, Beard of Balin has designated The Lonely Mountain as its capital city.
  • : Beard of Balin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Beard of Balin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Beard of Balin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.

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