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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 100thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 111thRudest Citizens: 208th
The Machiavellian State of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Shut up and have a beer!
John Kaiser
Influence
Eminence Grise
Minister of Economics/Vice Minister of Defense
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Good

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Gothic Vandelia

Population4.999 billion

CapitalDeep13
LeaderJohn Kaiser
FaithNorse

CurrencyRand
AnimalRaven

The Machiavellian State of Gothic Vandelia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by John Kaiser with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, deadly medical pandemics, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 4.999 billion Gothic Vandelians 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 medium-sized, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Industry, and Administration are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deep13. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 89.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Gothic Vandelian economy, worth a remarkable 2,455 trillion Rand a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 491,283 Rand, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,783,010 per year while the poor average 96,409, a ratio of 18.5 to 1.

The world outside is only known of in folklore, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students, exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles, and nose plugs are the latest Gothic Vandelian fashion accessory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gothic Vandelia's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Norse.

Gothic Vandelia is ranked 222,837th in the world and 43rd in Novus Lucidum for Most Devout, with 2.28 Prayers Per Hour.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 100thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 111thRudest Citizens: 208thLargest Information Technology Sector: 238thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 286thHighest Average Incomes: 316thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 369thMost Subsidized Industry: 469thMost Scientifically Advanced: 471stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 485thLargest Agricultural Sector: 512thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 524thMost Armed: 571stMost Efficient Economies: 615thMost Valuable International Artwork: 638thLargest Black Market: 696thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 806thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,331stLargest Retail Industry: 1,400thSmartest Citizens: 1,661stLargest Governments: 1,800thTop
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Most Secular: 2,413thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,430thMost Developed: 2,569thLargest Mining Sector: 2,591stMost Influential: 3,326thMost Cultured: 4,635thHighest Economic Output: 5,478thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,521stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,408thLowest Crime Rates: 9,602ndHighest Poor Incomes: 10,333rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,637thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 12,264thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,571stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,357thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,503rdLargest Publishing Industry: 19,853rdLargest Insurance Industry: 21,549thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21,570thFattest Citizens: 22,032nd
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Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the region

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