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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

Population18.368 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 remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, complete lack of prisons, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 18.368 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 27.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Vas Normandyian economy, worth a remarkable 3,650 trillion Belkas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, Gambling, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 198,728 Belkas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

One complaint of Vas Normandy's new periodic table is it's easy to confuse fearlessleaderium with gloriousleaderium, people believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year, and a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away. 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 58,802nd in the world and 2,073rd in the Rejected Realms for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 66.1 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most Efficient Economies: 374thLargest Gambling Industry: 437thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,029thLargest Black Market: 1,223rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,267thMost Armed: 1,608thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,925thRudest Citizens: 2,427thHighest Economic Output: 2,529thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,110thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,123rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,782ndHighest Poor Incomes: 3,904thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,137thMost Developed: 4,643rdMost Influential: 4,838thBest Weather: 4,976thHighest Average Incomes: 5,844thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,137thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,371stLargest Populations: 6,394thLargest Mining Sector: 7,027thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,177thMost Stationary: 7,241stMost Advanced Public Education: 7,696thSmartest Citizens: 7,834thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,186thTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 13,670thLargest Governments: 14,410thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,106th
Most Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 19th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 35th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 37th in the regionLargest Black Market: 38th in the regionMost Armed: 43rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 50th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 58th in the regionMost Stationary: 59th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 67th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 69th in the regionMost Influential: 73rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 78th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 97th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 100th in the regionLargest Populations: 101st in the regionMost Developed: 106th in the regionBest Weather: 128th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 158th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 158th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 164th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 176th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 176th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 178th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 186th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 220th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 339th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 409th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 447th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 479th in the region

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