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The Total Vanarchy of Taralania

“For Crown And Country!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Thaecia



Population7.257 billion

LeaderEmperor Francis I


The Total Vanarchy of Taralania is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Francis I with an even hand, and notable for its triple-decker prams, otherworldly petting zoo, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 7.257 billion Taralanians 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 juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tarania. The average income tax rate is 85.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Taralanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,413 trillion Taras a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 194,822 Taras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The aphorism "there's no need to argue" has been dismissed by Taralanians, the new 'Who Wants To Be A Politician' election debate auditions are more popular than the debates themselves, public parks are littered with cigarette butts, and the government builds houses for foreign newcomers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Taralania's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Ligma.

Taralania is ranked 9,378th in the world and 10th in Thaecia for Most Cultured, scoring 112 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Subsidized Industry: 1,547thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,870thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,374thLargest Retail Industry: 3,527thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,566thRudest Citizens: 4,264thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,442ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,306thMost Efficient Economies: 5,900thMost Inclusive: 5,949thMost Developed: 6,180thLargest Governments: 6,191stHighest Average Incomes: 6,219thSmartest Citizens: 7,053rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,867thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 8,566thMost Devout: 8,598thMost Cultured: 9,378thHighest Economic Output: 9,802ndHighest Drug Use: 10,048thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,085thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,437thLowest Crime Rates: 10,532ndMost Corrupt Governments: 10,792ndMost Advanced Public Education: 11,569thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,009thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,083rdLargest Welfare Programs: 12,972ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,002nd
Most Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionRudest Citizens: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionMost Inclusive: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 19th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 23rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 26th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 27th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the region

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