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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,938th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,121st Most World Assembly Endorsements: 7,879th
The African Stratocracy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Have you checked the regional map?
Generalissimo Ateh Kaluba
Influence
Dealmaker
WA Delegate / Cartographer
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Upper Balkans

Population1.539 billion

CapitalLubumbashi
LeaderGeneralissimo Ateh Kaluba
FaithSecularism

CurrencyBalkanese Franc
AnimalLion

The African Stratocracy of The Upper Balkans is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Generalissimo Ateh Kaluba with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, state-planned economy, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.539 billion Balkanese 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lubumbashi. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 72.6%.

The powerhouse Balkanese economy, worth 169 trillion Balkanese Francs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 109,933 Balkanese Francs, with the richest citizens earning 7.1 times as much as the poorest.

Only the brainiest citizens become academics, a wide-ranging purge of leading officials and family members is being carried out by Generalissimo Ateh Kaluba, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Upper Balkans, and minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Upper Balkans's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Secularism.

The Upper Balkans is ranked 103,232nd in the world and 38th in The Hope Federation for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 893.95 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,938thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,121stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,879thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,015thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,270thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 8,882ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,121stLowest Crime Rates: 13,140thHealthiest Citizens: 14,114thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,164th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 4th in the region

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