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Most Devout: 1,621stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,627thLowest Crime Rates: 1,901st
The Rlu Zhōng Shj Dgu of
Psychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship
Wǒ sh zhēnzhǔ de hungd!
Hungd Fēnkē ěr
Police Men
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Bala Mantre

Population2.89 billion

CapitalHak Li
LeaderHungd Fēnkē ěr


The Rlu Zhōng Shj Dgu of Bala Mantre is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Hungd Fēnkē ěr with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, infamous sell-swords, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.89 billion Bala Mantreans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

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 Hak Li. The average income tax rate is 96.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Bala Mantrean economy, worth 514 trillion Klǎngs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 177,892 Klǎngs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Vacationing Bala Mantreans expect to be treated as royalty, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products, having skeletons in one's closet is no longer just a macabre idiom, and women who can do math in their head are burned for witchcraft. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bala Mantre's national animal is the Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Ynwng.

Bala Mantre is ranked 40,706th in the world and 74th in First World Order for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 4,175.54 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Devout: 1,621stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,627thLowest Crime Rates: 1,901stTop
Most Influential: 2,192ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,406thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,063rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,065thLargest Governments: 3,572ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,772ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,972ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,636thHealthiest Citizens: 4,946thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,150thMost Developed: 6,282ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,393rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,346thMost Authoritarian: 7,807thMost Efficient Economies: 8,005thMost Conservative: 8,575thHighest Average Incomes: 8,620thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,781stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,857thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,086thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,123rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,358thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,490thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,517thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,741stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,017thTop
Most Cultured: 12,383rdMost Beautiful Environments: 13,771stSmartest Citizens: 15,485th
Highest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionTop
Safest: 22nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 30th in the region

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