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The Harmonious State of Vantom

“To maintain Order, one must create Chaos.” Rae Castel

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Balder

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Vantom

Population14.254 billion

CapitalVantom City
LeaderRae Castel

CurrencyCredit
AnimalDaemon

The Harmonious State of Vantom is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Rae Castel with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, parental licensing program, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 14.254 billion Vantomii are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vantom City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The Vantomii economy, worth a remarkable 3,811 trillion Credits 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 Arms Manufacturing and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an amazing 267,411 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, and it is illegal to make racist remarks in public. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vantom's national animal is the Daemon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Vantom is ranked 157,203rd in the world and 6,276th in Balder for Most Primitive, scoring -1333.54 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 17thSafest: 49thHealthiest Citizens: 82ndMost Secular: 105thSmartest Citizens: 138thLargest Governments: 153rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 166thMost Scientifically Advanced: 181stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 328thLargest Information Technology Sector: 374thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 441stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,083rdHighest Poor Incomes: 1,378thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,729thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,857thHighest Economic Output: 2,320thHighest Average Incomes: 2,359thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,616thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,783rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,063rdMost Stationary: 3,521stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,947thMost Inclusive: 4,504thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,687thMost Pacifist: 5,292ndLargest Welfare Programs: 5,945thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,851stMost Corrupt Governments: 7,209thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8,857thMost Influential: 9,211thMost Authoritarian: 11,316thLargest Populations: 11,461stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,341st
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Lowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 49th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 51st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 58th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 66th in the regionMost Influential: 76th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 79th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 91st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 95th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 144th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 195th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 197th in the regionMost Inclusive: 206th in the regionMost Pacifist: 295th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 297th in the regionLargest Populations: 310th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 330th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 429th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 437th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 449th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 518th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, it is illegal to make racist remarks in public.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, the military invades any neighboring nation with the gall to criticize its policies.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, over a third of the seats in sports stadiums have been removed to make room for female-only commodes.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, shoppers have literally had their hands full since plastic bags were banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, tax evaders are regularly visited by agents of the Vantom Blood Tithe.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, people faint regularly as they get stuck with compulsory vaccinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, homes have been banned from having any more than one wheel.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantom, colonial citizens are forced to sing the praise of the "Great Vantomii Liberator".

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