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The People's Republic of Vas Normandy

“And nothing of value was lost”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms


Vas Normandy

Population20.439 billion

LeaderSupreme Commander Ron Pal
FaithThe McKenna


The People's Republic of Vas Normandy is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Supreme Commander Ron Pal with a fair hand, and renowned for its ritual sacrifices, complete lack of prisons, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 20.439 billion Vas Normandyians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Krastanza. The average income tax rate is 39.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Vas Normandyian economy, worth a remarkable 4,104 trillion Belkas a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Gambling, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 200,820 Belkas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights, the road to capitalism has proved an epic drama of adventure and exploration, male friends are often accompanied by a female relative in order to prove their 'straightness', and third world countries are rich in "I Love Krastanza" t-shirts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Vas Normandy's national animal is the Aigaion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The McKenna.

Vas Normandy is ranked 4,921st in the world and 56th in the Rejected Realms for Most Influential, scoring 14,634 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Largest Gambling Industry: 439thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,263rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,544thLargest Black Market: 1,616thRudest Citizens: 1,759thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,154thTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,620thMost Armed: 2,880thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,960thHealthiest Citizens: 3,842ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,020thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,240thBest Weather: 4,290thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,656thMost Developed: 4,774thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,784thMost Influential: 4,921stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,955thMost Efficient Economies: 5,084thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,436thHighest Average Incomes: 6,202ndLargest Populations: 6,250thMost Stationary: 6,561stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,571stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,199thSmartest Citizens: 7,630thLargest Mining Sector: 9,972ndMost Corrupt Governments: 10,306thTop
Largest Governments: 14,045thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,093rd
Largest Gambling Industry: 24th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 45th in the regionMost Stationary: 54th in the regionMost Influential: 56th in the regionRudest Citizens: 59th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 61st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 71st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 72nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 77th in the regionMost Armed: 83rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 97th in the regionLargest Populations: 101st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 101st in the regionMost Developed: 108th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 110th in the regionBest Weather: 114th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 118th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 132nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 138th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 145th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 145th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 148th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 161st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 167th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 173rd in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 341st in the regionLargest Governments: 342nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 387th in the regionMost Cultured: 489th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 511th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 514th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 525th in the regionMost Politically Free: 574th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 604th in the region

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