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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:
Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Wolf Clan

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Gothic Vandelia

Population5.427 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 pith helmet sales, unlimited-speed roads, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 5.427 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, with Education, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, 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 93.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gothic Vandelian economy, worth a remarkable 2,815 trillion Rand a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is a breathtaking 518,803 Rand, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Nine out of ten citizens of Gothic Vandelia answered 'nuclear safety inspector' when asked their occupation, cleaners are very careful not to bump into the big red button on John Kaiser's desk, space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across Gothic Vandelia, and John Kaiser's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies. 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 199,722nd in the world and 40th in The Wolf Clan for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.67 Crimes Per Hour.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 76thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 95thLargest Information Technology Sector: 173rdHighest Average Incomes: 250thHighest Poor Incomes: 261stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 278thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 298thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 310thRudest Citizens: 314thLargest Agricultural Sector: 344thMost Scientifically Advanced: 397thMost Subsidized Industry: 411thMost Armed: 509thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 540thMost Efficient Economies: 586thLargest Black Market: 587thMost Valuable International Artwork: 646thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,237thSmartest Citizens: 1,409thLargest Governments: 1,484thLargest Retail Industry: 1,557thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,911thTop
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Most Developed: 2,282ndMost Secular: 2,561stLargest Mining Sector: 2,586thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,653rdMost Influential: 3,800thMost Cultured: 4,208thHighest Economic Output: 4,658thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,922ndLongest Average Lifespans: 6,133rdLowest Crime Rates: 7,363rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,744thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,936thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,107thLargest Insurance Industry: 14,557thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,369thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,575thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,818thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,909thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,671st
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Most Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Average: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gothic Vandelia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Gothic Vandelia's influence in The Wolf Clan rose from "Page" to "Squire".
  • : Gothic Vandelia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Nuremgard".
  • : Gothic Vandelia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Integrity in Law Enforcement".
  • : Gothic Vandelia lodged a message on the The Wolf Clan Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Gothic Vandelia, John Kaiser's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies.
  • : Following new legislation in Gothic Vandelia, space has been brought down to earth with constellations of cancer cases across Gothic Vandelia.
  • : Following new legislation in Gothic Vandelia, cleaners are very careful not to bump into the big red button on John Kaiser's desk.
  • : Following new legislation in Gothic Vandelia, nine out of ten citizens of Gothic Vandelia answered 'nuclear safety inspector' when asked their occupation.
  • : Following new legislation in Gothic Vandelia, authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets.

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