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Largest Black Market: 2,265th Most Subsidized Industry: 3,111th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,386th
The Provisional Fasco Government of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
a nation lost in time near A.H.W
Zatlers Curnaer
Influence
Eminence Grise
Elder
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Baltican Union

Population10.965 billion

CapitalRiga
LeaderZatlers Curnaer
FaithCatholicism

CurrencyBaltMark
AnimalReindeer

The Provisional Fasco Government of Baltican Union is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Zatlers Curnaer with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 10.965 billion Baltican's are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Environment also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riga. The average income tax rate is 82.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Baltican economy, worth a remarkable 1,211 trillion BaltMarks a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Cheese Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 110,480 BaltMarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers, the nation's diplomats shake hands with those whose hands are drenched in the blood of innocents, concerned environmentalists wipe away their tears with tissues sourced from Tasmanian old-growth redwoods, and citizens are arrested for naturally producing proteins. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Baltican Union's national animal is the Reindeer, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Baltican Union is ranked 35,757th in the world and 1st in Alternate History World for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 213,616.5 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 9,102ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,366thMost Developed: 9,830thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,195thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,261stMost Stationary: 10,610thHighest Economic Output: 10,908thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,896thMost Cultured: 12,982ndMost Efficient Economies: 13,171stMost Influential: 13,684thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,950thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,351stLargest Governments: 16,840th

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