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The Free Democracy of Ballotonia

“Vote early, vote often.”

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

Location: Nederland

Regional Influence: Diplomat

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Ballotonia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 63

The Free Democracy of Ballotonia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Ballo with a fair hand, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, national health service, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 42.909 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 receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tulipolis. The average income tax rate is 43.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ballotonian economy, worth an astonishing 14,081 trillion Levs a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 328,171 Levs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Visitors often mistake the toiletplex at music festivals for the main stage, you need two tenors and a coloratura contralto to sing the national anthem properly, corporate lawyers are joyfully combing through the new tax code for any new loopholes for their clients, and the Counter-Terrorism Unit has been nicknamed "Big Bad Wolf" for its tendency towards urban demolition. 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 68,529th in the world and 26th in Nederland for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 3,279.88 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Largest Populations: 25thMost Valuable International Artwork: 81stMost Rebellious Youth: 135thSmartest Citizens: 185thLargest Information Technology Sector: 271stHighest Economic Output: 290thMost Scientifically Advanced: 362ndMost Secular: 410thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 412thLeast Corrupt Governments: 420thLargest Agricultural Sector: 582ndMost Advanced Public Education: 605thMost Efficient Economies: 639thLargest Publishing Industry: 971stMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,052ndMost Inclusive: 1,097thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,334thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,344thMost Pacifist: 1,434thMost Stationary: 1,446thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,536thHighest Average Incomes: 1,797thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,883rdHighest Food Quality: 2,138thLargest Mining Sector: 2,175thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,280thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,530thTop
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Most Developed: 3,123rdRudest Citizens: 3,434thMost Cultured: 3,987thLargest Governments: 4,066thMost Influential: 4,382ndSafest: 5,416thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,303rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,553rdMost Subsidized Industry: 9,212thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,342ndMost Beautiful Environments: 12,863rdTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 14,516thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,125thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,192ndLargest Retail Industry: 23,801stLowest Crime Rates: 24,459th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the region

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