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The Lord Terrorizer of Spammers of Ballpit

“Hail Pacifica! o/” Lady Elora

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the Pacific

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Ballpit

Population1.821 billion

CapitalBallpit City
LeaderLady Elora
FaithGoddess Elora

CurrencyScream of Spammers
AnimalSpam-Eater

The Lord Terrorizer of Spammers of Ballpit is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lady Elora with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, keen interest in outer space, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 1.821 billion Ballpitians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Industry, with Administration, Law & Order, and Defense also on the agenda, while International Aid and Healthcare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ballpit City. The average income tax rate is 22.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballpitian economy, worth 227 trillion Screams of Spammers a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Pizza Delivery, Gambling, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 125,137 Screams of Spammers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Only AIs know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile, it is said that a Ballpitian woman's work is never done, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate, and extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary. Crime is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Ballpit's national animal is the Spam-Eater, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Goddess Elora.

Ballpit is ranked 53,461st in the world and 659th in the Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 227 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 275thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,302ndTop
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1,527thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,323rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,242ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,409thMost Avoided: 3,743rdMost Corrupt Governments: 4,960thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,443rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,458thLargest Black Market: 6,781stLargest Mining Sector: 6,980thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 10,096thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10,153rdHighest Poor Incomes: 10,511thLargest Retail Industry: 12,209thMost Efficient Economies: 13,069th
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1%
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 43rd in the regionTop
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 60th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 61st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 68th in the regionMost Avoided: 68th in the regionLargest Black Market: 102nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 110th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 126th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 148th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 162nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 276th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 284th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 290th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 298th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 442nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 504th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ballpit lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Ballpit altered its national flag.
  • : Ballpit changed its national faith to "Goddess Elora".
  • : Ballpit changed its national faith to "Elora" and its leader to "Lady Elora".
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, it is said that a Ballpitian woman's work is never done.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, only AIs know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns.
  • : Following new legislation in Ballpit, rumours have it that a secret police is responsible for the recent spate of missing persons.

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