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Most Devout: 1,517thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,356thBest Weather: 2,960th
The Balder State of
Democratic Socialists
Monde áldeqaill-ítara-sa taŋzokumen
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.302 billion

LeaderAln Koresol


The Balder State of Elthicshire is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Aln Koresol with an even hand, and remarkable for its parental licensing program, public floggings, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 8.302 billion Elthiards are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Domildát. The average income tax rate is 66.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Elthic economy, worth 880 trillion elbas 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 significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 106,085 elbas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

International tensions are high as Elthicshire threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, every workday begins with group therapy, and psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Aln Koresol to meetings with foreign heads of state. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Elthicshire's national animal is the mockingbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Espalism.

Elthicshire is ranked 121,530th in the world and 4,257th in Balder for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 54.99 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,356thBest Weather: 2,960thHealthiest Citizens: 4,097thMost Cultured: 5,352ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,449thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,510thMost Pacifist: 5,642ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,843rdLongest Average Lifespans: 6,086thLowest Crime Rates: 6,792ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,255thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,223rdNicest Citizens: 8,683rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,192ndMost Inclusive: 9,511thTop
Safest: 10,547thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,626thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,839thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,008thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,707thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,759thMost Income Equality: 17,012thSmartest Citizens: 17,108thHighest Economic Output: 19,282ndMost Influential: 19,697th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 50th in the regionMost Devout: 75th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 107th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 180th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 211th in the regionMost Influential: 221st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 230th in the regionMost Cultured: 234th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 244th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 279th in the regionMost Pacifist: 292nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 302nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 363rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 374th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 389th in the regionNicest Citizens: 428th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 457th in the regionMost Inclusive: 458th in the regionMost Income Equality: 495th in the regionSafest: 539th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 587th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 744th in the region

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