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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,009th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,613th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,772nd
The Revolutionary Military Junta of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Long live the revolution! Long live Balkania!
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The Upper Balkans

Population1.18 billion

CapitalBenguela
LeaderMilitary Junta
FaithCatholicism

CurrencyBalkanese Franc
AnimalLion

The Revolutionary Military Junta of The Upper Balkans is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Military Junta with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 1.18 billion Balkanese have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Benguela. The average income tax rate is 72.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Balkanese economy, worth 109 trillion Balkanese Francs 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 dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 92,726 Balkanese Francs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Embittered former nobles desperately try to cling on to their noblesse oblige and their heads, naturists are jailed regularly for indecent exposure, orientation videos remind rookie female politicians that slaps on the bottom are perfectly acceptable forms of communication, and fashion models are guaranteed to be 100% genuinely as anorexic as they appear on magazine covers. 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 Catholicism.

The Upper Balkans is ranked 7,009th in the world and 5th in The Hope Federation for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 7,393.48 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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