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The Free Democracy of Ballotonia

Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63

“Vote early, vote often.”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Ambassador

Location: Nederland

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Ballotonia

Population38.729 billion

CapitalTulipolis
LeaderBallo
FaithAtheism

CurrencyLev
AnimalPenguin

The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 38.729 billion Ballons love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, socially-minded government is dominated by the Department of Education, although Industry, Administration, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 6.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 11,851 trillion Levs a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 306,017 Levs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Organisations with 800 in their phone number are often raided by special forces, teens reminisce about when birthdays weren't celebrated with a cool glass of cabbage juice and a slice of corn-cream topped millet cake, marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams, and cheese has become the new icon of political dissent. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, 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 3,937th in the world and 1st in Nederland for Most Influential, scoring 20,555 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 19thLargest Populations: 28thMost Rebellious Youth: 128thSmartest Citizens: 209thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 252ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 285thHighest Economic Output: 287thMost Scientifically Advanced: 405thLeast Corrupt Governments: 470thMost Secular: 526thLargest Gambling Industry: 690thHighest Disposable Incomes: 738thMost Efficient Economies: 791stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 884thHighest Poor Incomes: 904thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 977thLargest Agricultural Sector: 989thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,040thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,065thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,263rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,295thMost Inclusive: 1,303rdMost Stationary: 1,682ndFattest Citizens: 1,697thHighest Average Incomes: 1,866thMost Pacifist: 1,942ndTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,226thMost Influential: 3,937thRudest Citizens: 4,505thLargest Governments: 6,159thHighest Crime Rates: 6,763rdMost Cultured: 7,285thMost Developed: 7,588thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9,756thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,050thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,755thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,021stMost Subsidized Industry: 14,815thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,890thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18,739thLargest Retail Industry: 20,449th
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, marketing departments of corporate giants compete to sponsor little league teams.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, teens reminisce about when birthdays weren't celebrated with a cool glass of cabbage juice and a slice of corn-cream topped millet cake.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, organisations with 800 in their phone number are often raided by special forces.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, recognizing the Ballotonian flag qualifies you for citizenship.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, footballers are doing aerobics in the sauna to build their hot weather endurance.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, 3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the leading national news source is 'my cousin Billy-Bob on MyFace'.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, ambulances aren't allowed to overtake hearses.

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