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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 102nd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 384th Largest Insurance Industry: 467th
The Federation of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Revolution is not the right of the people but the duty.
Regional Influence
Superpower
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Federation of Des-Bal is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Vincent Aldremi with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, keen interest in outer space, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.806 billion Des-Balians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Des-Hagir. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Des-Balian economy, worth a remarkable 5,018 trillion Khuuls a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 317,478 Khuuls, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,768,626 per year while the poor average 5,641, a ratio of 490 to 1.

The national sporting identity is represented by a talking burger and a singing smartphone, discarded pennies litter the streets, pro-democracy protesters are shot on sight by state police, and the military is recruiting war criminals to join its weapons research teams. Crime is almost non-existent. Des-Bal's national animal is the Scorpion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Capitalism.

Des-Bal is ranked 663rd in the world and 1st in House of Five Leaves for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 20,847.07 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 102ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 384thLargest Insurance Industry: 467thFattest Citizens: 564thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 663rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 673rdLargest Gambling Industry: 819thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 875thHighest Average Incomes: 961stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 968thHighest Economic Output: 970thLargest Retail Industry: 1,013thMost Avoided: 1,082ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,084thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,123rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,154thLargest Mining Sector: 1,260thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,269thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,324thTop
5%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,794thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,985thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2,149thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,381stMost Pro-Market: 2,635thMost Armed: 3,361stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,569thLargest Populations: 5,936thMost Stationary: 6,298thMost Secular: 6,425thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,125thRudest Citizens: 7,474thLargest Black Market: 8,359thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,365thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,393rdTop
10%
Most Extreme: 10,167thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,853rdMost Influential: 11,609thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,814thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,958thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,404thLargest Governments: 14,632ndNudest: 15,391stLargest Agricultural Sector: 17,033rd

National Happenings

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  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry and Largest Black Market.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens and the Top 5% for Most Stationary.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces and Largest Black Market.

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