by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 315thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,209thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,420th
The Constitutional Monarchy of
New York Times Democracy Corporate-Dominated Sham Democracy
From Many, One
Teddy R Hammarskj÷ld
Prime Minister
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Balan Bar

Population9.911 billion

CapitalUrbs de lumine
LeaderTeddy R Hammarskj÷ld
FaithThe Nine Divine


The Constitutional Monarchy of Balan Bar is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Teddy R Hammarskj÷ld with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, compulsory military service, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.911 billion Balan Barians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Urbs de lumine. The average income tax rate is 91.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Balan Barian economy, worth a remarkable 1,509 trillion 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 led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 152,333 francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, etiquette guides advise visitors to 'grovel gracefully', foreign governments are threatened if they so much as mention the word "election", and the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balan Bar's national animal is the Fox, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Nine Divine.

Balan Bar is ranked 3,745th in the world and 7th in Conch Kingdom for Best Weather, with 351 Meters Of Sunlight.

Most Influential: 315thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,209thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,420thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,597thBest Weather: 3,745thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,882ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,136thMost Developed: 4,518thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,671stLargest Welfare Programs: 4,728thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,767thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,879thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,934thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,048thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,156thMost Inclusive: 5,236thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,250thHealthiest Citizens: 5,440thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,534thNicest Citizens: 5,567thLowest Crime Rates: 5,626thSmartest Citizens: 5,633rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,795thMost Pacifist: 6,035thMost Cultured: 6,311thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,348thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,426thLargest Governments: 7,480thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,840thMost Efficient Economies: 9,639thMost Stationary: 10,015thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,415thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,422ndHighest Economic Output: 11,737thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 13,702ndMost Secular: 21,901stSafest: 22,031st
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionNudest: 16th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 18th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 19th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 21st in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 27th in the region

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