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The Pataphysical Mothman of Nova Vandalia

“Taking seriously the business of taking nothing serious”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Karma


Nova Vandalia

Population2.347 billion

Capitala Spandex Factory
LeaderGeorge Tirebiter
FaithThe Tickling of Strangers


The Pataphysical Mothman of Nova Vandalia is a massive, safe nation, ruled by George Tirebiter with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 2.347 billion Velociraptors are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of a Spandex Factory. The average income tax rate is 95.6%.

The very strong Funky economy, worth 204 trillion socks a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Basket Weaving industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 87,240 socks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

In a baffling press conference George Tirebiter proudly dismantled a broken door, foreign policy is to avoid standing up to bullies, the fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast, and the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster. Crime is totally unknown. Nova Vandalia's national animal is the Yam, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Tickling of Strangers.

Nova Vandalia is ranked 183,860th in the world and 205th in Karma for Largest Black Market, with 43.8 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Welfare Programs: 1,604thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,706thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,100thMost Inclusive: 2,323rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,327thTop
Best Weather: 2,782ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,118thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,145thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,509thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,802ndNicest Citizens: 4,032ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,262ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,400thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,770thMost Influential: 6,745thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,763rdHealthiest Citizens: 7,031stMost Pacifist: 8,942ndLargest Governments: 9,230thMost Secular: 10,661stMost Armed: 11,141stTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,065thSafest: 13,568thSmartest Citizens: 14,626thMost Income Equality: 19,085thLowest Crime Rates: 19,398thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,972nd
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 16th in the regionTop
Nudest: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Pacifist: 29th in the regionMost Income Equality: 35th in the region

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