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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 114th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 423rd Largest Insurance Industry: 448th
The Federation of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Revolution is not the right of the people but the duty.
Influence
Superpower
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Des-Bal

Population17.439 billion

CapitalDes-Hagir
LeaderVincent Aldremi
FaithCapitalism

CurrencyKhuul
AnimalScorpion

The Federation of Des-Bal is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Vincent Aldremi with an iron fist, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 17.439 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 5,536 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 1,962nd in the world and 1st in House of Five Leaves for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 490.8 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Top
1%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 114thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 423rdLargest Insurance Industry: 448thFattest Citizens: 590thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 619thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 631stLargest Gambling Industry: 861stHighest Economic Output: 922ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 931stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 989thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,038thHighest Average Incomes: 1,100thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,121stMost Avoided: 1,130thMost Efficient Economies: 1,139thLargest Mining Sector: 1,269thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,309thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,365thLargest Retail Industry: 1,679thTop
5%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,962ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,978thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,071stMost Pro-Market: 2,172ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,198thMost Armed: 3,267thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,972ndLargest Populations: 5,281stMost Stationary: 5,464thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,658thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,141stTop
10%
Largest Black Market: 8,587thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,610thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,401stRudest Citizens: 10,182ndMost Influential: 10,479thMost Extreme: 11,448thNudest: 12,496thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,312thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,261stLargest Governments: 14,414thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,355thMost Secular: 16,318th

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