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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,226th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,691st Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,932nd
The Revolutionary Military Junta of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy Communists
Long live the revolution! Long live Balkania!
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The Upper Balkans

Population1.173 billion

CapitalBenguela
LeaderMilitary Junta
FaithCatholicism

CurrencyBalkanese Franc
AnimalLion

The Revolutionary Military Junta of The Upper Balkans is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Military Junta with an even hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed population of 1.173 billion Balkanese 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Benguela. The average income tax rate is 72.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Balkanese economy, worth 108 trillion Balkanese Francs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 92,411 Balkanese Francs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Heretic deviants are free to practice their deviance outside of The Upper Balkans, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead, the Balkanese Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, and embittered former nobles desperately try to cling on to their noblesse oblige and their heads. 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 Catholicism.

The Upper Balkans is ranked 22,658th in the world and 5th in The Hope Federation for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 76.34 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,691stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,932ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13,268thHealthiest Citizens: 14,296thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,435thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,489thLowest Crime Rates: 15,736th
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