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Most Influential: 384thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,327thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,747th
The Constitutional Monarchy of
New York Times Democracy
From Many, One
Teddy R Hammarskj÷ld
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Balan Bar

Population8.438 billion

CapitalUrbs de lumine
LeaderTeddy R Hammarskj÷ld
FaithThe Nine Divine


The Constitutional Monarchy of Balan Bar is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Teddy R Hammarskj÷ld with a fair hand, and renowned for its soft-spoken computers, daily referendums, and compulsory military service. The compassionate, democratic population of 8.438 billion Balan Barians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Urbs de lumine. The average income tax rate is 90.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Balan Barian economy, worth a remarkable 1,325 trillion francs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 157,056 francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Soldiers must key in their passwords every time they want to reload their weapons, it is believed that belligerence is a passing phase foreign leaders will soon outgrow, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns, and people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balan Bar's national animal is the kiwi, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Nine Divine.

Balan Bar is ranked 4,685th in the world and 8th in Conch Kingdom for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 59.06 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Influential: 384thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,327thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,747thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,771stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,795thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,057thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,088thBest Weather: 4,140thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,263rdMost Developed: 4,365thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,511thMost Inclusive: 4,661stMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,685thNicest Citizens: 4,892ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,911thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,969thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,115thHealthiest Citizens: 5,211thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,217thSmartest Citizens: 5,304thLowest Crime Rates: 5,391stMost Pacifist: 5,498thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,575thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,663rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,067thMost Cultured: 6,079thLargest Governments: 7,287thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,739thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,021stMost Efficient Economies: 9,102ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,908thTop
Most Stationary: 10,776thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,244thHighest Average Incomes: 11,921stHighest Economic Output: 12,389th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9th in the regionMost Pacifist: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionNudest: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20th in the region

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