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The Angelus Vox Populi of Devasta

“Hope Rides Alone”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Ordo Imperialia



Population25.939 billion


AnimalWhite Phoenix

The Angelus Vox Populi of Devasta is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Avakael with an even hand, and renowned for its enslaved workforce, anti-smoking policies, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 25.939 billion Devastans are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eyclone. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Devastan economy, worth a remarkable 4,130 trillion Halicarnassuses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 159,221 Halicarnassuses, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,324,864 per year while the poor average 3,802, a ratio of 348 to 1.

Commuter vessels have trouble staying afloat due to increased passengers, the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Devasta's radio stations, and a chain of pubs that cater solely to children have recently been unveiled. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Devasta's national animal is the White Phoenix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Devasta is ranked 30,724th in the world and 34th in Ordo Imperialia for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 5,637.05 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 756thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,185thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,824thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,479thHighest Economic Output: 2,595thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,918thFattest Citizens: 3,093rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,141stLargest Populations: 3,402ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,872ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,981stMost Avoided: 6,240thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,505thLargest Mining Sector: 8,532ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,031stTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,753rdMost Rebellious Youth: 11,925thLargest Retail Industry: 12,298thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,802ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,493rdLargest Insurance Industry: 15,465thLargest Black Market: 16,358thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,522ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 17,505thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,989thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,546thMost Pro-Market: 19,265thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,739thMost Efficient Economies: 21,960th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionTop
Nudest: 10th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth and the Top 10% for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Devasta was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector and the Top 10% for Most Efficient Economies and Rudest Citizens.


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