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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63
Most Valuable International Artwork: 19thLargest Populations: 28thMost Rebellious Youth: 128th
The Free Democracy of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Vote early, vote often.
Influence
Ambassador
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Ballotonia

Population38.764 billion

CapitalTulipolis
LeaderBallo
FaithAtheism

CurrencyLev
AnimalPenguin

The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, rampant corporate plagiarism, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 38.764 billion Ballons love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, socially-minded government is dominated by the Department of Education, with Industry, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 5.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 11,900 trillion Levs a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 306,998 Levs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

More than one company makes the board game Monopoly, immersive video game experiences are interrupted by incessant disclaimer pop-ups, 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners, and lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ballotonia's national animal is the Penguin and its national religion is Atheism.

Ballotonia is ranked 225,814th in the world and 124th in Nederland for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -38.08 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 19thLargest Populations: 28thMost Rebellious Youth: 128thSmartest Citizens: 212thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 257thLargest Information Technology Sector: 285thHighest Economic Output: 285thMost Scientifically Advanced: 404thLeast Corrupt Governments: 480thMost Secular: 524thLargest Gambling Industry: 700thHighest Disposable Incomes: 709thMost Efficient Economies: 776thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 902ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 952ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 971stMost Cheerful Citizens: 985thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,041stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,045thMost Inclusive: 1,301stLargest Mining Sector: 1,331stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,335thMost Stationary: 1,680thFattest Citizens: 1,773rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,862ndMost Pacifist: 1,877thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,180thTop
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Most Influential: 3,960thRudest Citizens: 4,093rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,964thLargest Governments: 6,120thMost Cultured: 7,407thMost Developed: 7,670thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,236thTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,365thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,442ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,704thLargest Retail Industry: 18,454thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19,453rdHighest Crime Rates: 19,839thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19,995th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, immersive video game experiences are interrupted by incessant disclaimer pop-ups.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, hordes of unemployed lumberjacks have resorted to cutting down utility poles to satisfy their cravings.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, many Ballons struggle to find outlets for their pent-up competitive juices.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the fattest folk in Ballotonia look to be the happiest ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, rioting during the nation's hosting of ORDER caused one million Levs of property damage.

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