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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,971st Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,130th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 8,030th
The African Stratocracy of
Iron Fist Consumerists Champions of Commerce
Well, I guess I just HAVE to do this...
Generalissimo Ateh Kaluba
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The Upper Balkans

Population1.557 billion

LeaderGeneralissimo Ateh Kaluba

CurrencyBalkanese Franc

The African Stratocracy of The Upper Balkans is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Generalissimo Ateh Kaluba with an iron fist, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, sprawling nuclear power plants, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.557 billion Balkanese are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lubumbashi. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 72.6%.

The powerhouse Balkanese economy, worth 171 trillion Balkanese Francs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 109,933 Balkanese Francs, with the richest citizens earning 7.1 times as much as the poorest.

Only the brainiest citizens become academics, a wide-ranging purge of leading officials and family members is being carried out by Generalissimo Ateh Kaluba, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over The Upper Balkans, and minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Upper Balkans's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Secularism.

The Upper Balkans is ranked 168,307th in the world and 50th in The Hope Federation for Most Inclusive, scoring 11.06 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,971stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,130thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,030thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,293rdTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 8,890thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,133rdLowest Crime Rates: 13,145thHealthiest Citizens: 14,113thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,157th
Most Influential: 4th in the region

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