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The United Socialist States of Babalina

“In naps we trust”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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Babalina

Population164 million

CurrencyNoggo
AnimalDingo Dog

The United Socialist States of Babalina is a very large, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its national health service, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 164 million Babalinans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 74.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Babalinan economy, worth 7.07 trillion Noggoes a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Uranium Mining, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 43,118 Noggoes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Ten-year-olds are applying for lemonade stand operator licences, tourists call Babalinan beach towns "the fine coastline", bureaucrats close new businesses for not complying with the Penguin Packaging Index, and airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Babalina's national animal is the Dingo Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Babalina is ranked 130,343rd in the world and 5,324th in the South Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 19.5 on the Rand Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,583rdTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,901stMost Influential: 14,573rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,437th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 303rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 503rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 520th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 528th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 574th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 591st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 608th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 653rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 676th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 681st in the regionMost Pacifist: 684th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Babalina, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory.
  • : Following new legislation in Babalina, bureaucrats close new businesses for not complying with the Penguin Packaging Index.
  • : Following new legislation in Babalina, tourists call Babalinan beach towns "the fine coastline".
  • : Following new legislation in Babalina, ten-year-olds are applying for lemonade stand operator licences.
  • : Following new legislation in Babalina, you need two tenors and a coloratura contralto to sing the national anthem properly.
  • : Following new legislation in Babalina, the aims of top-secret Babalinan science projects revolve around designing the perfect robot woman.
  • : Following new legislation in Babalina, motivational posters send motorists positive vibes in high-risk areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Babalina, confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle".
  • : Following new legislation in Babalina, economists speak of trusting in the Tao of Free Market Capitalism.
  • : Babalina voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".

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