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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 106th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 379th Largest Insurance Industry: 448th
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, efficient nation, ruled by Vincent Aldremi with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, public floggings, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 16.325 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 receive no funds. 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 5,182 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 150,105th in the world and 4th in House of Five Leaves for Healthiest Citizens, with 0.35 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

Top
1%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 106thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 379thLargest Insurance Industry: 448thFattest Citizens: 559thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 633rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 657thLargest Gambling Industry: 780thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 848thHighest Economic Output: 960thHighest Average Incomes: 963rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 988thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,057thMost Avoided: 1,084thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,101stMost Efficient Economies: 1,129thLargest Retail Industry: 1,174thLargest Mining Sector: 1,248thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,302ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,321stTop
5%
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,778thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,978thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,000thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,235thMost Pro-Market: 2,338thMost Armed: 3,055thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,716thLargest Populations: 5,542ndMost Stationary: 5,910thMost Secular: 6,342ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,411thTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7,592ndLargest Black Market: 7,895thRudest Citizens: 7,997thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,206thMost Extreme: 8,898thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,958thMost Influential: 10,892ndNudest: 12,814thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,884thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,593rdLargest Governments: 13,737thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,004th

National Happenings

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  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : 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.

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