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The Machiavellian State of Gothic Vandelia

“Nemo saltat sobrius” John Kaiser

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Enforcer

Location: The Wolf Clan

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Gothic Vandelia

Population6.635 billion

CapitalDeep13
LeaderJohn Kaiser
FaithNorse

CurrencyRand
AnimalRaven

The Machiavellian State of Gothic Vandelia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by John Kaiser with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, otherworldly petting zoo, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 6.635 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 International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deep13. The average income tax rate is 96.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Gothic Vandelian economy, worth a remarkable 3,634 trillion Rand a year, is fairly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is a breathtaking 547,815 Rand, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon, roosters that herald the rising sun are immediately sent to the slaughterhouse, there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates, and Gothic Vandelian soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting. 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 116,821st in the world and 35th in The Wolf Clan for Most Politically Free, scoring 58.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 66thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 79thLargest Information Technology Sector: 133rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 208thHighest Average Incomes: 210thHighest Poor Incomes: 259thRudest Citizens: 280thMost Scientifically Advanced: 288thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 337thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 349thMost Subsidized Industry: 352ndMost Armed: 448thLargest Black Market: 458thLargest Agricultural Sector: 482ndMost Efficient Economies: 482ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 563rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,082ndSmartest Citizens: 1,131stLargest Governments: 1,145thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,306thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,454thMost Secular: 1,603rdMost Developed: 2,139thLargest Retail Industry: 2,153rdLargest Mining Sector: 2,345thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,529thMost Cultured: 3,299thHighest Economic Output: 3,455thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,807thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,377thLowest Crime Rates: 5,109thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,017thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,287thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,106thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,671stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,267thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 12,460thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,769thMost Influential: 14,944thMost Average: 20,506thMost Inclusive: 24,062nd
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Average: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
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Nudest: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gothic Vandelia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting the Rights of Labour Unions".
  • : Gothic Vandelia lodged a message on the The Wolf Clan Regional Message Board.
  • : Gothic Vandelia lodged a message on the The Wolf Clan Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Gothic Vandelia, Gothic Vandelian soldiers are assured their new ray-guns will finally power up after the next round of ominous chanting.
  • : Gothic Vandelia lodged a message on the The Wolf Clan Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Gothic Vandelia, there has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates.
  • : Following new legislation in Gothic Vandelia, roosters that herald the rising sun are immediately sent to the slaughterhouse.
  • : Following new legislation in Gothic Vandelia, citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon.
  • : Gothic Vandelia lodged a message on the The Wolf Clan Regional Message Board.
  • : Gothic Vandelia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Roavin".

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