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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63
Most Valuable International Artwork: 19thLargest Populations: 28thMost Rebellious Youth: 126th
The Free Democracy of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Ballotonia

Population38.712 billion

CapitalTulipolis
LeaderBallo
FaithAtheism

CurrencyLev
AnimalPenguin

The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 38.712 billion Ballons love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, socially-minded government is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with Industry, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 6.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 11,838 trillion Levs a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 305,816 Levs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The military struggles with recruitment, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Penguins and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry, citizens buy season tickets on a 20-year payment plan, and the Tulipolis Film Festival recently voted 'Ballon Getting Hit By Football' as best film. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ballotonia's national animal is the Penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is Atheism.

Ballotonia is ranked 528th in the world and 1st in Nederland for Most Secular, with 99.17 Atheism Rate.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 19thLargest Populations: 28thMost Rebellious Youth: 126thSmartest Citizens: 210thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 251stLargest Information Technology Sector: 286thHighest Economic Output: 286thMost Scientifically Advanced: 405thLeast Corrupt Governments: 471stMost Secular: 528thLargest Gambling Industry: 692ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 738thMost Efficient Economies: 797thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 809thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 914thHighest Poor Incomes: 944thLargest Agricultural Sector: 977thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,036thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,065thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,268thLargest Mining Sector: 1,286thMost Inclusive: 1,312thFattest Citizens: 1,613thMost Stationary: 1,682ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,866thMost Pacifist: 1,938thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,260thMost Influential: 3,927thRudest Citizens: 4,791stLargest Governments: 6,178thHighest Crime Rates: 6,627thMost Cultured: 7,291stMost Developed: 8,260thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,972ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,816thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,725thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,955thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,123rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,934thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18,626thLargest Retail Industry: 21,536th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the Tulipolis Film Festival recently voted 'Ballon Getting Hit By Football' as best film.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, citizens buy season tickets on a 20-year payment plan.
  • : Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Penguins and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the military struggles with recruitment.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, flipping a coin to make a decision leads to a referral to Gambling Addiction Services.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, urban parents tell their children that the family car went to a farm upstate.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, a punitive tax has been placed on harmful emissions.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, government ministers sport new billboards that read 'Will Trade Votes for Private Members' Bill Support'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the government has declared its commitment to multilateralism.

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