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Most Valuable International Artwork: 60thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 371stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,533rd
The Lord Trrorizr of Spammrs of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Hail Pacifica! Av Pratorian! o/
Lady lora
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Ballpit

Population2.764 billion

Capitallora's City
LeaderLady lora
FaithGoddss lora

CurrencyScram of Spammrs
AnimalSpam-atr

The Lord Trrorizr of Spammrs of Ballpit is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lady lora with an iron fist, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, strictly enforced bedtime, and enforced nudity. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 2.764 billion Ballpitians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of lora's City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 44.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Ballpitian economy, worth 466 trillion Scrams of Spammrs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Pizza Delivery, Gambling, and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 168,721 Scrams of Spammrs, with the richest citizens earning 7.4 times as much as the poorest.

A valid legal defense is 'dead men tell no tales', patriotic citizens chant "there's only one Ballpit" at foreigners, retired racing Spam-atrs are served truffles for breakfast, and the government has hired out-of-work fashion designers to design purses for men. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ballpit's national animal is the Spam-atr, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Goddss lora.

Ballpit is ranked 86,645th in the world and 3,071st in the Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 55.84 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 60thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 371stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,533rdTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,824thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,889thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,919thNudest: 2,717thMost Avoided: 3,522ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,604thLargest Black Market: 3,887thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,284thLargest Mining Sector: 4,413thMost Devout: 4,836thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,079thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,092ndTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,076thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,176thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,309thHighest Average Incomes: 9,698thMost Authoritarian: 10,457thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,521stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,669thMost Efficient Economies: 11,826thLargest Retail Industry: 11,983rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,070thFattest Citizens: 14,757thMost Conservative: 16,180th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 29th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 30th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 36th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 54th in the regionNudest: 54th in the regionMost Avoided: 63rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 74th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 79th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 88th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 100th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 107th in the regionMost Devout: 110th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 134th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 212th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 219th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 238th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 272nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 272nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 286th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 308th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 327th in the regionFattest Citizens: 360th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 378th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 394th in the regionMost Armed: 396th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 433rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 494th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 550th in the regionLargest Populations: 639th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 648th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 672nd in the regionLargest Governments: 714th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, the government has hired out-of-work fashion designers to design purses for men.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, retired racing Spam-atrs are served truffles for breakfast.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, patriotic citizens chant "there's only one Ballpit" at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, a valid legal defense is 'dead men tell no tales'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, government officials go door-to-door educating about the dangers of pseudoscience.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, the government has undertaken a massive health education program to combat VODAIS.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, military parades quietly tiptoe their way through the streets.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, mandatory spouse selection pairs elderly apparatchiki with stunningly beautiful supermodels.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, Ballpit is increasingly belligerent on the international stage.
  • : Ballpit was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.

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