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Most Valuable International Artwork: 164thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 517thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,550th
The Lord Terrorizer of Spammers of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Hail Pacifica! Ave Praetorian! o/
Goddess
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Ballpit

Population3.501 billion

CapitalFort Francograd
LeaderGoddess
FaithThe Goddess

CurrencyScream of Spammers
AnimalSpam-Eater

The Lord Terrorizer of Spammers of Ballpit is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Goddess with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.501 billion Ballpitians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort Francograd. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 42.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Ballpitian economy, worth 649 trillion Screams of Spammers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Pizza Delivery, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 185,590 Screams of Spammers, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 575,703 per year while the poor average 46,064, a ratio of 12.5 to 1.

Adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère, 4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail, government-run brothels can be found on every street corner, and when you fly on Air Ballpit you win a seat or you die. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ballpit's national animal is the Spam-Eater, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Goddess.

Ballpit is ranked 183,123rd in the world and 9,615th in the Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 13.37 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 164thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 517thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,550thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,785thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,925thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,056thTop
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Most Devout: 3,044thMost Avoided: 3,173rdLargest Black Market: 3,579thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,699thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,772ndLargest Mining Sector: 3,865thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,066thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,479thHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,620thNudest: 5,758thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,046thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,162ndLargest Retail Industry: 7,351stFattest Citizens: 7,558thHighest Average Incomes: 7,794thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,381stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,590thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8,832ndMost Efficient Economies: 10,588th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 30th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 31st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 39th in the regionMost Avoided: 57th in the regionMost Devout: 67th in the regionLargest Black Market: 72nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 84th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 85th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 105th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 106th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 112th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 113th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 118th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 175th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 180th in the regionNudest: 187th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 194th in the regionFattest Citizens: 202nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 207th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 214th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 233rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 253rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 267th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 347th in the regionMost Influential: 428th in the regionLargest Populations: 571st in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 655th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 670th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 740th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 994th in the region

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