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Most Valuable International Artwork: 176thMost Devout: 565thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,290th
The Swinging Jungle of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Pull up a chair and have a Prickly Pear!
King Baloo von Bruinwald XIII
Prime Minister
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Baloo Kingdom

Population2.621 billion

CapitalBaloo Kingdom City
LeaderKing Baloo von Bruinwald XIII
FaithLutheran Christianity

CurrencyPrickly Pears

The Swinging Jungle of Baloo Kingdom is a massive, safe nation, ruled by King Baloo von Bruinwald XIII with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, avowedly heterosexual populace, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 2.621 billion Balooites 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Baloo Kingdom City. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Balooite economy, worth 365 trillion Prickly Pears a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 139,480 Prickly Pears, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Torture is illegal, teachers are dying as they attempt to read 500 word essays without pausing for breath, astronauts take one small step for Baloo Kingdom and one giant step backward from confrontation, and there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Baloo Kingdom's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Lutheran Christianity.

Baloo Kingdom is ranked 244,474th in the world and 60th in Callista for Most Armed, with 0.11 Weapons Per Person.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 176thMost Devout: 565thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,290thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,686thTop
Most Pacifist: 2,497thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,323rdLowest Crime Rates: 3,659thNicest Citizens: 3,712thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,406thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,864thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,411thBest Weather: 5,662ndLargest Governments: 6,082ndLongest Average Lifespans: 6,921stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,998thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,005thHealthiest Citizens: 7,124thSafest: 8,363rdMost Beautiful Environments: 9,013thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,054thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,221stMost Cultured: 9,616thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,432ndMost Advanced Public Education: 10,777thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,900thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,151stMost Developed: 11,568thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 13,203rdHighest Average Incomes: 16,858thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,058thMost Cheerful Citizens: 17,212thSmartest Citizens: 21,160thMost Inclusive: 22,193rd
Most Devout: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the region

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