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The Free Democracy of Ballotonia

Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63

“Vote early, vote often.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: Nederland

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Ballotonia

Population40.115 billion

CapitalTulipolis
LeaderBallo
FaithAtheism

CurrencyLev
AnimalPenguin

The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and notable for its deadly medical pandemics, smutty television, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 40.115 billion Ballons enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small government is dominated by the Department of Education, although Industry, Administration, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 26.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 13,204 trillion Levs a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 329,158 Levs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven, all the playground's a stage for Ballotonian schoolchildren, eerie glow-in-the-dark cornfields give farmlands an uncanny appearance, and exports are stamped with "made by the invisible hand you commies". Crime is totally unknown. Ballotonia's national animal is the Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Atheism.

Ballotonia is ranked 31st in the world and 1st in Nederland for Largest Populations, with 40.1 billion Capita.

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Largest Populations: 31stMost Valuable International Artwork: 47thMost Rebellious Youth: 137thSmartest Citizens: 162ndHighest Economic Output: 242ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 254thMost Secular: 290thMost Scientifically Advanced: 317thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 345thLeast Corrupt Governments: 411thLargest Agricultural Sector: 446thMost Efficient Economies: 530thMost Advanced Public Education: 690thMost Inclusive: 890thMost Cheerful Citizens: 920thHighest Poor Incomes: 957thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,048thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,064thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,156thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,204thMost Pacifist: 1,397thHighest Average Incomes: 1,573rdMost Stationary: 1,605thLargest Mining Sector: 1,815thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,858thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,867thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,660thMost Developed: 2,822ndLargest Governments: 4,091stMost Influential: 4,176thMost Cultured: 4,378thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,123rdSafest: 6,371stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,380thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,641stFattest Citizens: 11,838thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,400thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,981stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,984thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,453rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,050thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 20,255th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionSafest: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionMost Politically Free: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, exports are stamped with "made by the invisible hand you commies".
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, eerie glow-in-the-dark cornfields give farmlands an uncanny appearance.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, all the playground's a stage for Ballotonian schoolchildren.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, it is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, the government is hoping that medical aid will speak louder than human rights abuses.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, hospitals have poor data security but send lots of bodies to be encrypted.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, a burger chain recently changed its name to Mack Donaldz for legal reasons.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballotonia, 4-year-olds are often found reminiscing about the 'good old days'.

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