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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 103rd Largest Soda Pop Sector: 397th Largest Insurance Industry: 413th
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

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Deck

Des-Bal

Population19.03 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 remarkable for its enslaved workforce, unlimited-speed roads, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 19.03 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 are ignored. 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 6,041 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 1,106th in the world and 1st in House of Five Leaves for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Top
1%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 103rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 397thLargest Insurance Industry: 413thHighest Disposable Incomes: 512thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 523rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 555thFattest Citizens: 589thLargest Gambling Industry: 732ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 845thHighest Economic Output: 890thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,015thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,020thMost Avoided: 1,048thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,051stMost Efficient Economies: 1,106thLargest Mining Sector: 1,177thHighest Average Incomes: 1,202ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,204thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,336thTop
5%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,984thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,003rdMost Pro-Market: 2,178thLargest Retail Industry: 2,311thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,483rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,652ndMost Armed: 3,022ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,675thMost Stationary: 4,770thLargest Populations: 5,093rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,421stMost Rebellious Youth: 7,955thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,256thTop
10%
Largest Publishing Industry: 8,333rdLargest Black Market: 8,741stMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,293rdMost Influential: 10,472ndRudest Citizens: 11,902ndNudest: 12,076thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,304thMost Extreme: 13,204thLargest Governments: 14,615thMost Secular: 15,427thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,831st

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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 Rebellious Youth.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombified.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.

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