by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 313thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,228thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,410th
The Constitutional Monarchy of
New York Times Democracy
From Many, One
Teddy R Hammarskj÷ld
Prime Minister
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Balan Bar

Population9.935 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 notable for its daily referendums, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.935 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 91.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Balan Barian economy, worth a remarkable 1,513 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 152,333 francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, etiquette guides advise visitors to 'grovel gracefully', foreign governments are threatened if they so much as mention the word "election", and the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene. 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 Fox, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Nine Divine.

Balan Bar is ranked 4,506th in the world and 11th in Conch Kingdom for Most Developed, scoring 94.54 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 313thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,228thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,410thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,597thBest Weather: 3,736thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,884thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,129thMost Developed: 4,506thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,665thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,738thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,749thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,877thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,936thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,117thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,150thMost Inclusive: 5,236thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,251stHealthiest Citizens: 5,435thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,521stNicest Citizens: 5,564thSmartest Citizens: 5,621stLowest Crime Rates: 5,633rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,782ndMost Pacifist: 6,008thMost Cultured: 6,301stHighest Poor Incomes: 7,334thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,425thLargest Governments: 7,483rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,829thMost Efficient Economies: 9,599thMost Stationary: 10,010thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,395thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,390thHighest Economic Output: 11,710thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 13,678thMost Secular: 21,912thSafest: 22,213th
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionNudest: 16th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 18th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 22nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 27th in the region

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