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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,907th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,066th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7,955th
The African Stratocracy of
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Generalissimo Ateh Kaluba
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The Upper Balkans

Population1.571 billion

CapitalLubumbashi
LeaderGeneralissimo Ateh Kaluba
FaithSecularism

CurrencyBalkanese Franc
AnimalLion

The African Stratocracy of The Upper Balkans is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Generalissimo Ateh Kaluba with an iron fist, and notable for its state-planned economy, complete lack of prisons, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.571 billion Balkanese are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lubumbashi. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 72.5%.

The powerhouse Balkanese economy, worth 173 trillion Balkanese Francs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 110,532 Balkanese Francs, with the richest citizens earning 7.3 times as much as the poorest.

Only the brainiest citizens become academics, a wide-ranging purge of leading officials and family members is being carried out by Generalissimo Ateh Kaluba, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Upper Balkans, and minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Upper Balkans's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Secularism.

The Upper Balkans is ranked 61,439th in the world and 33rd in The Hope Federation for Highest Economic Output, with 173 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,907thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,066thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,955thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,204thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 8,888thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,050thLowest Crime Rates: 13,139thHealthiest Citizens: 14,099thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,049th
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Most Influential: 5th in the region

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