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The Holy Empire of North Baltind

“By The People For The People”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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North Baltind

Population5.345 billion

CapitalNorthénbält
LeaderThe Holy Entity

Currencyfranc
AnimalBaltindnese Lion

The Holy Empire of North Baltind is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Holy Entity with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, daily referendums, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 5.345 billion North Baltindnese have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Northénbält. The average income tax rate is 46.5%.

The frighteningly efficient North Baltindnese economy, worth 839 trillion francs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 157,105 francs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Corporate lawyers are switching careers to the more lucrative field of green politics, nations across the world are quick to praise The Holy Entity's good looks and intellectual prowess, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward, and Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. North Baltind's national animal is the Baltindnese Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

North Baltind is ranked 143,058th in the world and 5,920th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -7.75 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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5%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,686thBest Weather: 1,766thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,617thMost Influential: 3,223rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,429thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,630thMost Cultured: 3,864thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,055thMost Inclusive: 4,266thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,353rdRudest Citizens: 4,486thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,658thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,675thTop
10%
Most Developed: 7,954thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,864thSafest: 9,331stMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,401stLowest Crime Rates: 10,445thHighest Average Incomes: 11,011thMost Pacifist: 11,336thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,510thLargest Retail Industry: 12,008thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,850thSmartest Citizens: 13,112thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,996thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,632nd
Top
1%
Best Weather: 57th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 59th in the regionTop
5%
Healthiest Citizens: 108th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 111th in the regionMost Cultured: 111th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 126th in the regionRudest Citizens: 138th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 140th in the regionMost Inclusive: 142nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 155th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 199th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 217th in the regionMost Developed: 257th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 281st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 288th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 294th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 295th in the regionTop
10%
Safest: 325th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 336th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 372nd in the regionMost Influential: 372nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 383rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 410th in the regionMost Average: 430th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 435th in the regionMost Pacifist: 441st in the regionLargest Populations: 459th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 470th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 483rd in the regionLargest Governments: 500th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 536th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 597th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 606th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 628th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 633rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in North Baltind, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes.
  • : North Baltind was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : North Baltind was endorsed by The Republic of Abarri.
  • : North Baltind was endorsed by The Peripherals of Paranoia.
  • : Following new legislation in North Baltind, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward.
  • : Following new legislation in North Baltind, nations across the world are quick to praise The Holy Entity's good looks and intellectual prowess.
  • : Following new legislation in North Baltind, corporate lawyers are switching careers to the more lucrative field of green politics.
  • : Following new legislation in North Baltind, it's normal to start working life with crippling financial debt.
  • : Following new legislation in North Baltind, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Following new legislation in North Baltind, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.

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