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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 135thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 200thLargest Insurance Industry: 371st
The Federation of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Revolution is not the right of the people but the duty.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population23.055 billion

LeaderVincent Aldremi


The Federation of Des-Bal is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Vincent Aldremi with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, suspicion of poets, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 23.055 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 7,397 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 448th in the world and 14th in Osiris for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 24,926.4 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 135thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 200thLargest Insurance Industry: 371stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 448thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 448thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 470thHighest Disposable Incomes: 517thFattest Citizens: 644thLargest Gambling Industry: 650thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 818thHighest Economic Output: 861stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 919thMost Avoided: 978thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,082ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,257thLargest Mining Sector: 1,374thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,419thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,531stHighest Average Incomes: 1,597thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,662ndMost Pro-Market: 1,965thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,172ndTop
Largest Retail Industry: 2,924thMost Efficient Economies: 3,256thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,416thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,479thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,006thLargest Populations: 4,643rdMost Armed: 5,991stLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,728thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,987thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,676thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,712thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,329thTop
Largest Black Market: 12,806thLargest Governments: 15,048thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,952ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,428thMost Secular: 17,431stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,656th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 18th in the regionFattest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 22nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 28th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 31st in the regionMost Avoided: 41st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 41st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 50th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 55th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 55th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 55th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 59th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 62nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 67th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 104th in the regionLargest Populations: 104th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 117th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 152nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 158th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 179th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 184th in the regionMost Armed: 300th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 303rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 384th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 414th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 471st in the regionMost Extreme: 513th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 528th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 559th in the regionRudest Citizens: 571st in the regionNudest: 629th in the regionLargest Black Market: 740th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : Des-Bal's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Des-Bal's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Des-Bal's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".


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