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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

Population19.982 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 notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, ritual sacrifices, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 19.982 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 33.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Vas Normandyian economy, worth a remarkable 4,013 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 200,839 Belkas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 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 206,467th in the world and 5,121st in the Rejected Realms for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -13.71 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Gambling Industry: 435thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,277thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,417thLargest Black Market: 1,714thRudest Citizens: 1,753rdTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,224thHighest Economic Output: 2,605thMost Armed: 2,772ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,126thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,715thHealthiest Citizens: 3,889thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,200thMost Influential: 4,602ndBest Weather: 4,785thMost Developed: 4,801stMost Efficient Economies: 4,945thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,241stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,373rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,739thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,891stHighest Average Incomes: 6,211thLargest Populations: 6,286thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,333rdMost Stationary: 6,652ndMost Advanced Public Education: 6,858thSmartest Citizens: 7,675thLargest Mining Sector: 8,270thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,810thTop
Largest Governments: 14,156thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,458thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,612th
Largest Gambling Industry: 24th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 36th in the regionLargest Black Market: 47th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 55th in the regionMost Influential: 59th in the regionRudest Citizens: 62nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 63rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 70th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 74th in the regionMost Armed: 79th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 80th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 84th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 104th in the regionLargest Populations: 104th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 104th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 111th in the regionMost Developed: 123rd in the regionBest Weather: 125th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 139th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 139th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 153rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 153rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 164th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 165th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 181st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 194th in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 266th in the regionLargest Governments: 335th in the regionMost Politically Free: 379th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 382nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 400th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 433rd in the regionMost Cultured: 502nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 508th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 513th in the region

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