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Rudest Citizens: 1,560thLargest Retail Industry: 2,344thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,481st
The Economic Empire of
Capitalist Paradise
Regulating the market will only make it an illegal one
Chancellor Apelsin
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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The Balreskan Union

Population3.756 billion

CapitalNova Balreska
LeaderChancellor Apelsin
FaithChristianity

CurrencyBalresCoin
AnimalBear

The Economic Empire of The Balreskan Union is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Chancellor Apelsin with an even hand, and renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 3.756 billion Balreskans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nova Balreska. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Balreskan economy, worth 641 trillion BalresCoins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 170,726 BalresCoins, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 648,954 per year while the poor average 31,144, a ratio of 20.8 to 1.

Baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward, serial killers are the country's biggest import, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them, and military spending recently hit a new high. Crime is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. The Balreskan Union's national animal is the Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Balreskan Union is ranked 41,502nd in the world and 119th in Capitalist Paradise for Most Developed, scoring 68.89 on the Human Development Index.

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Rudest Citizens: 1,560thLargest Retail Industry: 2,344thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,481stMost Avoided: 2,860thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,428thHighest Crime Rates: 3,601stFattest Citizens: 3,650thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,684thMost Armed: 3,818thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,053rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,112thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,284thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,898thLargest Mining Sector: 6,002ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,796thLargest Gambling Industry: 7,019thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,305thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,254thHighest Average Incomes: 10,401stMost Efficient Economies: 11,724thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11,963rdTop
10%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 12,637thMost Secular: 13,478thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20,078thLargest Black Market: 21,153rdSmartest Citizens: 21,219thLargest Agricultural Sector: 24,010th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 25th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 31st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Balreskan Union was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Retail Industry and the Top 5% for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in The Balreskan Union, military spending recently hit a new high.
  • : Following new legislation in The Balreskan Union, homeowners on prime real estate have been seen dodging giant bulldozers with cartoon characters painted on them.
  • : Following new legislation in The Balreskan Union, serial killers are the country's biggest import.
  • : Following new legislation in The Balreskan Union, baby boys who pick up pink crayons are sent to a psychiatric ward.
  • : Following new legislation in The Balreskan Union, all astronauts are hot twenty-something models selected because they have 'the right stuff'.
  • : The Balreskan Union was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Balreskan Union, lawyers are ordering red ink and 'Cease and Desist' rubber stamps in preparation for the return of copyright law.
  • : Following new legislation in The Balreskan Union, the carcasses of double-deckers can be found littering high streets all around the country.
  • : Following new legislation in The Balreskan Union, the government struggles to keep up with the endless list of petrol disasters.

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