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The Free Lands of Vancouvia

“Prosperity, Freedom, Efficiency”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Western Isles



Population13.13 billion


Animalwild cow

The Free Lands of Vancouvia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its smutty television, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 13.13 billion Vancouvians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vesuvius. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Vancouvian economy, worth a remarkable 2,841 trillion coves a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 216,448 coves, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tourists need only sign on the dotted line to become citizens, the Party has more splits than a yo-yo dieter's trousers, prospective parents are cheering on the streets as they no longer need a license to have children, and Leader's Twitcher account is typically used to share wild cow memes rather than government policy. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vancouvia's national animal is the wild cow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Vancouvia is ranked 219,956th in the world and 187th in The Western Isles for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -1274.99 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 72ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 469thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 469thMost Subsidized Industry: 506thLargest Welfare Programs: 564thHighest Average Tax Rates: 643rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 685thMost Advanced Public Education: 732ndLargest Governments: 871stSafest: 1,004thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,067thMost Cultured: 1,110thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,131stMost Efficient Economies: 1,147thMost Developed: 1,187thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,457thLowest Crime Rates: 1,470thMost Inclusive: 1,521stSmartest Citizens: 1,663rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,706thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,109thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,134thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 2,331stMost Pacifist: 2,389thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,645thHealthiest Citizens: 2,739thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,105thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,494thNicest Citizens: 3,624thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,632ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,650thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,856thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,921stNudest: 4,268thHighest Economic Output: 4,682ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,076thMost Stationary: 6,593rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,691stTop
Best Weather: 12,697thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,769thMost Secular: 15,625thLargest Populations: 18,474th
Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Politically Free: 15th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18th in the region

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