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Largest Black Market: 2,228th Most Subsidized Industry: 3,054th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,380th
The Provisional Fasco Government of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship
a nation lost in time near A.H.W
Zatlers Curnaer
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Baltican Union

Population10.583 billion

LeaderZatlers Curnaer


The Provisional Fasco Government of Baltican Union is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Zatlers Curnaer with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 10.583 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, although Education, Industry, and Environment are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riga. The average income tax rate is 82.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Baltican economy, worth a remarkable 1,166 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 110,247 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. 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 150,309th in the world and 7th in Alternate History World for Nicest Citizens, with 0.54 Average Smiles Per Day.

Largest Black Market: 2,228thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,054thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,380thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,013thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,843rdBest Weather: 6,779thMost Devout: 7,397thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,562ndMost Corrupt Governments: 7,896thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,980thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 9,170thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,380thMost Developed: 9,701stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,003rdLongest Average Lifespans: 10,273rdHighest Economic Output: 11,030thMost Stationary: 11,278thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,041stMost Efficient Economies: 12,780thMost Cultured: 13,010thMost Influential: 13,834thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,019thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,142nd

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