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Most Armed: 4,359thNudest: 6,558thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,616th
The Democratic State of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Ego tenens imperium
Payton
Influence
Ambassador
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Balaslandia

Population3.59 billion

CapitalNew Balaslandia
LeaderPayton
FaithNone

CurrencyStar
AnimalBlack Bear

The Democratic State of Balaslandia is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Payton with an iron fist, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, keen interest in outer space, and national health service. The compassionate, cynical population of 3.59 billion Balaslandians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Balaslandia. The average income tax rate is 37.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Balaslandian economy, worth 481 trillion Stars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 134,001 Stars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war, athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society, facial disfigurement is a leading cause of supervillainy, and the tightness of border controls in Balaslandia leave a little to be desired. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Balaslandia's national animal is the Black Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is None.

Balaslandia is ranked 52,726th in the world and 4th in Ogden for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 2,855.03 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Most Armed: 4,359thNudest: 6,558thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,616thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,091stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,757thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,835thTop
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Most Secular: 12,780thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,178thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,671stMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,434thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,149thHighest Average Incomes: 18,443rdMost Inclusive: 18,647thMost Developed: 19,939thLargest Black Market: 20,183rdMost Cultured: 22,300th
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Largest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Balaslandia relocated from The West Pacific to Ogden.
  • : Balaslandia relocated from Ogden to The West Pacific.
  • : Balaslandia appointed The Dictatorship of New Sladia as President with authority over Appearance, Border Control, Communications, Embassies, and Polls in Ogden.
  • : Balaslandia dismissed Balaslandia as President of Ogden.
  • : Balaslandia's influence in Ogden fell from "Auxiliary" to "Ambassador".
  • : Balaslandia's influence in Ogden fell from "Negotiator" to "Auxiliary".
  • : Following new legislation in Balaslandia, the tightness of border controls in Balaslandia leave a little to be desired.
  • : Following new legislation in Balaslandia, facial disfigurement is a leading cause of supervillainy.
  • : Following new legislation in Balaslandia, athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Balaslandia, scientists are researching the best way to kill off humanity to prevent catastrophic war.

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