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The Norse federation of Gothic Vandelia

“Peace through trade, diplomacy and superior firepower” John Kaiser

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Novus Lucidum


Gothic Vandelia

Population3.67 billion

LeaderJohn Kaiser


The Norse federation of Gothic Vandelia is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by John Kaiser with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, complete lack of prisons, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.67 billion Gothic Vandelians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry and Education 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 80.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Gothic Vandelian economy, worth a remarkable 1,621 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 441,945 Rand, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume, Harry Potter conventions are closely watched by the government for any signs of 'dueling', international trade is a sticky issue, and workers can choose whether they prefer offices that smell of pungent body odor or whale vomit. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gothic Vandelia's national animal is the Crow and its national religion is Norse.

Gothic Vandelia is ranked 6,223rd in the world and 8th in Novus Lucidum for Most Cultured, scoring 135 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 129thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 154thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 367thHighest Average Incomes: 392ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 464thHighest Poor Incomes: 537thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 559thMost Subsidized Industry: 582ndLargest Black Market: 666thMost Scientifically Advanced: 696thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 872ndMost Corrupt Governments: 983rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,025thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,158thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 1,804thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,426thLargest Governments: 2,574thSmartest Citizens: 2,631stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,805thRudest Citizens: 3,212thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,227thMost Armed: 3,455thFattest Citizens: 3,747thMost Influential: 4,231stMost Secular: 4,334thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,464thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,552ndMost Cultured: 6,223rdLowest Crime Rates: 7,765thHighest Economic Output: 8,215thMost Developed: 8,258thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 8,640thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,738thMost Efficient Economies: 9,210thLargest Insurance Industry: 12,098thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,394thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,078th
Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionNudest: 7th in the region

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