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The Sovereign Federation of Baelju

“In God, In Law, In Peace”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Baelju

Population3.746 billion

CapitalHergevolsk
LeaderHajkal Iljasinovich

CurrencyKrotsva
Animaldove

The Sovereign Federation of Baelju is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Hajkal Iljasinovich with a fair hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 3.746 billion Baeljunians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hergevolsk. The average income tax rate is 75.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Baeljuan economy, worth 366 trillion Krotsvas a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 97,813 Krotsvas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms, Super Barry Brothers is the most popular video game in the nation, 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners, and the contraband cigarette trade is lighting up across Baelju. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Baelju's national animal is the dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Baelju is ranked 143,955th in the world and 5,329th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring 31.78 on the Rand Index.

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Most Influential: 3,830thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,942ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,292ndSafest: 4,887thMost Pacifist: 5,368thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,418thBest Weather: 5,435thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,269thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,894thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,417thNicest Citizens: 8,282ndMost Beautiful Environments: 8,899thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,284thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,834thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,537thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,157thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,177thHealthiest Citizens: 12,980thMost Developed: 13,277thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,805thLowest Crime Rates: 14,895thMost Devout: 15,010thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,833rdMost Inclusive: 17,066thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,121stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,948thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,007thLargest Agricultural Sector: 19,518th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 116th in the regionMost Influential: 129th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 192nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 201st in the regionMost Pacifist: 250th in the regionSafest: 264th in the regionBest Weather: 287th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 326th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 344th in the regionNicest Citizens: 383rd in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 400th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 485th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 536th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 551st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 602nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 627th in the regionMost Devout: 649th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 695th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 758th in the region

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