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The Republic of Ballistikov

“In god we trust” Wulf Waldschmidt

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Pacific

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Ballistikov

Population3.941 billion

CapitalBlitzkov
LeaderWulf Waldschmidt
FaithChristianity

CurrencyBallistikovian Dollar
AnimalBallistikovian Eagle

The Republic of Ballistikov is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Wulf Waldschmidt with an iron fist, and renowned for its triple-decker prams, prohibition of alcohol, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.941 billion Ballistikovians 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 is primarily concerned with Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Social Policy and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Blitzkov. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Ballistikovian economy, worth a remarkable 1,249 trillion Ballistikovian Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 316,929 Ballistikovian Dollars, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,996,479 per year while the poor average 21,128, a ratio of 94.5 to 1.

The nation's student exchange programs are something of a one way street, retail boutiques encourage citizens to honor their military veterans by purchasing flag-patterned underwear, Wulf Waldschmidt's military council has been nicknamed 'The Knights of the Rotund Table', and it is illegal to liberate slaves. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ballistikov's national animal is the Ballistikovian Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

Ballistikov is ranked 204,064th in the world and 7,482nd in the Pacific for Safest, scoring 5.88 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 246thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 302ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 611thLargest Mining Sector: 690thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 694thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 938thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,063rdMost Armed: 1,169thMost Avoided: 1,315thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,395thLargest Black Market: 1,476thHighest Average Incomes: 1,638thMost Devout: 1,785thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,938thTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,263rdMost Subsidized Industry: 3,471stLargest Insurance Industry: 4,457thMost Efficient Economies: 4,690thLargest Governments: 6,188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,208thRudest Citizens: 6,209thLowest Crime Rates: 7,199thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,233rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,160thHealthiest Citizens: 8,587thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,098thTop
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Most Conservative: 10,666thMost Developed: 11,410thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,027thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,633rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12,889thHighest Economic Output: 13,214thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,221stMost Advanced Public Education: 17,806thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,951st
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 21st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 25th in the regionMost Avoided: 29th in the regionLargest Black Market: 32nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 35th in the regionMost Devout: 41st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 76th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 91st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 108th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 143rd in the regionLargest Governments: 149th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 149th in the regionRudest Citizens: 154th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 161st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 175th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 189th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 198th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 201st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 226th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 242nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 273rd in the regionMost Developed: 294th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 300th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 393rd in the regionMost Influential: 429th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 462nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 512th in the regionLargest Populations: 527th in the regionMost Conservative: 550th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 595th in the region

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