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The Free Land of Vathnutum

“Twirling Toward Freedom”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific



Population675 million


The Free Land of Vathnutum is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, daily referendums, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 675 million Vathnutumians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, pro-business government prioritizes Administration, with Law & Order, Healthcare, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.7%.

The thriving Vathnutumian economy, worth 48.1 trillion Vathins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Furniture Restoration industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Soda Sales, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 71,247 Vathins, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 222,212 per year while the poor average 17,546, a ratio of 12.7 to 1.

New government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys, the Vathnutum City Film Festival recently voted 'Vathnutumian Getting Hit By Football' as best film, and autopsies often involve only cursory examination. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vathnutum's national animal is the basilisk, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Vathnutum is ranked 117,317th in the world and 6,160th in The North Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 125.49 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,459thTop
Most Influential: 4,385thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,877thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,883rdTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,802ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 15,236thFattest Citizens: 15,515th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 245th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 259th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 567th in the regionFattest Citizens: 568th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 638th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 810th in the region

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