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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 95th Largest Insurance Industry: 395th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 422nd
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

Population19.954 billion

CapitalDes-Hagir
LeaderVincent Aldremi
FaithCapitalism

CurrencyKhuul
AnimalScorpion

The Federation of Des-Bal is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Vincent Aldremi with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, complete lack of public education, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 19.954 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, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, 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 6,334 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 1,094th 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: 95thLargest Insurance Industry: 395thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 422ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 497thHighest Disposable Incomes: 515thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 527thFattest Citizens: 615thLargest Gambling Industry: 676thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 825thHighest Economic Output: 860thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 999thMost Avoided: 1,013thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,036thMost Efficient Economies: 1,094thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,097thLargest Mining Sector: 1,182ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,219thHighest Average Incomes: 1,254thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,301stTop
5%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,888thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,957thMost Pro-Market: 2,087thLargest Retail Industry: 2,391stMost Corrupt Governments: 2,708thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,785thMost Armed: 3,087thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,669thMost Stationary: 4,439thLargest Populations: 4,967thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,115thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,569thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,220thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,240thTop
10%
Largest Black Market: 9,073rdMost Influential: 10,258thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,374thNudest: 11,846thRudest Citizens: 12,543rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,569thMost Extreme: 13,418thLargest Governments: 14,362ndMost Secular: 15,828thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,992nd

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  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : 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.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombified and the Top 5% for Most Dead.
  • : Des-Bal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces and the Top 10% for Most Survivors.
  • : 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.

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