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The Mad scientist of Vashnis

“Our glory will last eternally”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific



Population5.695 billion

Faitha major religion


The Mad scientist of Vashnis is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and renowned for its flagrant waste-dumping, sprawling nuclear power plants, and avant-garde cinema. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.695 billion Vashnisians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fask. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 38.3%.

The all-consuming Vashnisian economy, worth 479 trillion Credits a year, is led by the Woodchip Exports industry, with major contributions from Retail, Furniture Restoration, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is 84,266 Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 353,721 per year while the poor average 13,048, a ratio of 27.1 to 1.

Every citizen must submit to DNA testing to be eliminated from police inquiries, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death, shanty towns are forming in the suburbs of major cities, and crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vashnis's national animal is the Horse, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is a major religion.

Vashnis is ranked 119,806th in the world and 5,526th in The North Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 32.38 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,695thFattest Citizens: 4,439thLargest Black Market: 5,466thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,587thMost Avoided: 7,086thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,708thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,968thLargest Retail Industry: 9,498thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 11,178thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11,573rdMost Influential: 12,646thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,991st
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 103rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 151st in the regionLargest Black Market: 166th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 218th in the regionMost Avoided: 247th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 330th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 354th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 427th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 468th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 495th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 550th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 665th in the region

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