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The United Provinces of Balzaria

“Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific

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Balzaria

Population11.321 billion

CapitalBalzarus

Currencybalzan
Animalwagtail

The United Provinces of Balzaria is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 11.321 billion Balzarians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Balzarus. The average income tax rate is 85.3%.

The all-consuming Balzarian economy, worth 880 trillion balzans a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 77,797 balzans, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists, people accuse the government of being in bed with Big Safety, and the government's stance on marriage is 'Let Balzarians marry themselves'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balzaria's national animal is the wagtail, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Balzaria is ranked 60,173rd in the world and 2,845th in The North Pacific for Highest Drug Use, scoring 73 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 446thMost Influential: 766thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,895thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,029thSafest: 3,577thBest Weather: 5,011thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,886thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,696thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,717thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,056thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,152ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,257thTop
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Most Pacifist: 7,817thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,904thHealthiest Citizens: 8,962ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,210thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,897thNicest Citizens: 10,508thMost Cultured: 10,985thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,773rdLargest Publishing Industry: 11,882ndSmartest Citizens: 12,826thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,216thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,378thMost Developed: 14,688th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 94th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 167th in the regionSafest: 206th in the regionBest Weather: 276th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 280th in the regionMost Influential: 293rd in the regionLargest Populations: 312th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 327th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 333rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 336th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 350th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 363rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 381st in the regionMost Stationary: 421st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 425th in the regionMost Pacifist: 447th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 456th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 460th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 496th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 508th in the regionNudest: 516th in the regionMost Cultured: 560th in the regionNicest Citizens: 619th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 635th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 646th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 687th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 695th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 720th in the region

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