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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 137thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 210thLargest Insurance Industry: 375th
The Federation of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Revolution is not the right of the people but the duty.
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Des-Bal

Population24.058 billion

CapitalDes-Hagir
LeaderVincent Aldremi
FaithCapitalism

CurrencyKhuul
AnimalScorpion

The Federation of Des-Bal is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Vincent Aldremi with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, strictly enforced bedtime, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 24.058 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 7,719 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 320,876 Khuuls, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,979,074 per year while the poor average 3,223, a ratio of 924 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 3,190th in the world and 148th in Osiris for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 21,012.91 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 137thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 210thLargest Insurance Industry: 375thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 440thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 457thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 458thHighest Disposable Incomes: 549thLargest Gambling Industry: 652ndFattest Citizens: 660thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 800thHighest Economic Output: 866thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 971stMost Avoided: 991stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,174thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,284thLargest Mining Sector: 1,466thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,540thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,582ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,721stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,836thMost Pro-Market: 2,085thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,205thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 3,190thMost Efficient Economies: 3,509thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,672ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,872ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,284thLargest Populations: 4,563rdMost Armed: 6,539thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,151stLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,436thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,720thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,050thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,643rdTop
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Largest Black Market: 14,451stLargest Governments: 15,915thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,237thMost Secular: 17,969thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,015thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,351st
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 25th in the regionFattest Citizens: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 32nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 34th in the regionMost Avoided: 36th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 42nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 43rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 51st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 55th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 62nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 62nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 65th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 66th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 72nd in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 102nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 109th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 133rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 148th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 153rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 195th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 213th in the regionMost Armed: 279th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 364th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 416th in the regionMost Extreme: 438th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 438th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 451st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 530th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 542nd in the regionNudest: 625th in the regionRudest Citizens: 658th in the regionLargest Black Market: 746th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Des-Bal's influence in Osiris rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombified.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies, the Top 5% for Most Zombified, and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : Des-Bal was ravaged by a Zombie Thing Horde from The Empire of Jyggalag, infecting 1,475 million survivors and converting to a zombie exporter! Oh no!
  • : Des-Bal's influence in Osiris rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Des-Bal altered its national flag.
  • : Des-Bal's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.

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