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The Holy Red Lucky Pacifican of Ballpit2

“All hail Elora!” Ballpit

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Ballpit2

Population2.058 billion

CapitalThe Pacific
LeaderBallpit
FaithEloraism

CurrencyPounds
AnimalZombie

The Holy Red Lucky Pacifican of Ballpit2 is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Ballpit with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.058 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Pacific. The average income tax rate is 44.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballpitian economy, worth 211 trillion Pounds a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Retail, Furniture Restoration, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 102,844 Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Sushi just hasn't been the same since salmon went extinct overnight, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums, and citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ballpit2's national animal is the Zombie, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Eloraism.

Ballpit2 is ranked 12,663rd in the world and 306th in The East Pacific for Most Corrupt Governments, with 74.82 Kickbacks Per Hour.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,878thLargest Mining Sector: 1,915thNudest: 3,456thLargest Retail Industry: 6,577thMost Influential: 7,182ndTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,105thLargest Black Market: 10,680thFattest Citizens: 11,008thMost Secular: 12,152ndMost Corrupt Governments: 12,663rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,819th
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Largest Mining Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 46th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 103rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 150th in the regionLargest Black Market: 171st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 231st in the regionFattest Citizens: 296th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 306th in the regionMost Secular: 361st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 372nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 420th in the regionMost Influential: 453rd in the regionMost Avoided: 513th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 525th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 543rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 667th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 684th in the region

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