by Max Barry

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Most Armed: 4,481stNudest: 6,580thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,501st
The Very Inactive of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
Ego tenens imperium
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population3.181 billion

CapitalNew Balaslandia

AnimalBlack Bear

The Very Inactive of Balaslandia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Payton with an iron fist, and remarkable for its national health service, triple-decker prams, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical population of 3.181 billion Balaslandians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Balaslandia. The average income tax rate is 35.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Balaslandian economy, worth 422 trillion Stars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 132,887 Stars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs, cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", and a byzantine web of conspiracies and secret alliances must be navigated any time legislation is voted upon. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balaslandia's national animal is the Black Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is None.

Balaslandia is ranked 232,952nd in the world and 9,552nd in The North Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -12.53 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Armed: 4,481stNudest: 6,580thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,501stHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,803rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,733rdTop
Most Secular: 13,068thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,636thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,768thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,870thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,541stLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,980thHighest Average Incomes: 18,832ndMost Inclusive: 19,399thLargest Black Market: 20,402ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 21,398thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,727thMost Developed: 22,165thMost Cultured: 22,376thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,828th
Most Armed: 180th in the regionNudest: 241st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 364th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 436th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 572nd in the regionMost Secular: 666th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 688th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 743rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 759th in the regionLargest Black Market: 767th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 822nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 842nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 906th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 926th in the region

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