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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,178th Rudest Citizens: 1,568th Largest Retail Industry: 2,760th
The Benevolent Monarchy of
Corporate Bordello
Ve or pod, ve ar pad, ve er ped
Influence
Powerbroker
WA Delegate / Minister of Diplomacy
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Balticonia

Population1.074 billion

CapitalCintornia
LeaderCalobo VI

CurrencyDolear
Animalfour headed eagle

The Benevolent Monarchy of Balticonia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Calobo VI with a fair hand, and remarkable for its teetotalling pirates, museums and concert halls, and barren, inhospitable landscape. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 1.074 billion Balticonians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cintornia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Balticonian economy, worth 138 trillion Dolears a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 129,034 Dolears, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 530,680 per year while the poor average 20,685, a ratio of 25.7 to 1.

Respect is something that is typically forced rather than earned in Balticonia, pirates armed with sonar-guided semi-autonomous torpedos and laser weapons systems are often seen capturing fishing trawlers, candidates celebrate "free speech" by spraying champagne all over anyone who shows up to a rally, and all citizens must pass a 'multicultural sensitivity test' to be deemed fit for society. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Balticonia's national animal is the four headed eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Balticonia is ranked 162,238th in the world and 52nd in Lezra for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -8.94 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,178thRudest Citizens: 1,568thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,760thFattest Citizens: 3,057thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,720thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,187thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6,505thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,702ndMost Avoided: 6,980thMost Devout: 7,144thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,441stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,555thMost Armed: 8,113thHighest Crime Rates: 8,350thMost Influential: 8,554thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 11,270thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,264thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,277thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,249thLargest Gambling Industry: 14,620thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,653rdMost Corrupt Governments: 16,571st
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Balticonia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Crime Rates and the Top 10% for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Balticonia, all citizens must pass a 'multicultural sensitivity test' to be deemed fit for society.
  • : Following new legislation in Balticonia, candidates celebrate "free speech" by spraying champagne all over anyone who shows up to a rally.
  • : Following new legislation in Balticonia, pirates armed with sonar-guided semi-autonomous torpedos and laser weapons systems are often seen capturing fishing trawlers.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.
  • : Balticonia lodged a message on the Lezra Regional Message Board.

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