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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63
Most Valuable International Artwork: 20thLargest Populations: 30thMost Rebellious Youth: 121st
The Free Democracy of
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Economy
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Political Freedom
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Ballotonia

Population37.289 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 notable for its unlimited-speed roads, rampant corporate plagiarism, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 37.289 billion Ballons 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 tiny government is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, although Industry is also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 11,274 trillion Levs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 302,347 Levs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

School teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, government buildings are being cleansed of anything that might have racist connotations, and 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Ballotonia's radio stations. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ballotonia's national animal is the Penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is Atheism.

Ballotonia is ranked 26,265th in the world and 36th in Nederland for Most Developed, scoring 75.37 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 20thLargest Populations: 30thMost Rebellious Youth: 121stLargest Publishing Industry: 125thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 184thSmartest Citizens: 221stHighest Economic Output: 278thLargest Gambling Industry: 399thLargest Information Technology Sector: 472ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 540thMost Secular: 557thLeast Corrupt Governments: 637thHighest Disposable Incomes: 645thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 693rdHighest Crime Rates: 716thFattest Citizens: 751stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 789thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,005thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,031stLargest Mining Sector: 1,110thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,249thMost Efficient Economies: 1,275thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,631stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,678thMost Stationary: 1,766thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 1,806thRudest Citizens: 2,295thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,337thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,467thMost Inclusive: 2,744thMost Avoided: 3,145thMost Influential: 3,276thMost Pacifist: 6,348thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,574thMost Armed: 8,507thMost Cultured: 8,600thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,510thLargest Retail Industry: 11,311thLargest Governments: 11,472ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,208thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,368th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Avoided: 8th in the regionMost Pacifist: 9th in the regionMost Politically Free: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Ballotonia's radio stations.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, government buildings are being cleansed of anything that might have racist connotations.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, school teachers check the staff room for hidden webcams before complaining about rebellious students.
  • : Ballotonia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, kids are taught in schools to argue with their parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, student exchange programs are in trouble as everyone wants to leave but no-one wants to come.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the government has solemnly sworn not to look up other nations' internet browsing history if the favor is returned.

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