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The Empire of Vektes

“Baruk Khazākil! Ai-Mźnu!”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Page

Location: Geopolity



Population11.931 billion


CurrencyImperial Kabāl
AnimalVektan Grizzly Bear

The Empire of Vektes is a gargantuan, orderly nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, zero percent divorce rate, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.931 billion Vektans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Karkand. The average income tax rate is 67.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Vektan economy, worth a remarkable 1,285 trillion Imperial Kabāls a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Automobile Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 107,731 Imperial Kabāls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

You need a signed affidavit from a registered psychiatrist to claim that you have crazy low prices, literally voiceless people are unable to protest when food and water are denied to them, teenage TV characters are played by thirty-year-olds by the end of the second season, and blind dates reemerge as a necessary evil in the quest for love. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vektes's national animal is the Vektan Grizzly Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is TBD.

Vektes is ranked 6,390th in the world and 3rd in Geopolity for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 11,727.66 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,014thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,189thLargest Mining Sector: 5,489thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,700thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,390thMost Devout: 9,998thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 10,355thSafest: 12,675thHighest Economic Output: 12,824thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,001stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,641stLowest Crime Rates: 19,033rdMost Developed: 20,557th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Vektes altered its national flag.
  • : Vektes altered its national flag.
  • : Vektes altered its national flag.
  • : Vektes altered its national flag.
  • : Vektes was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Vektes changed its national animal to "Vektan Grizzly Bear", its capital to "Karkand", its currency to "Imperial Kabāl", its faith to "TBD", and its motto to "Baruk Khazākil! Ai-Mźnu!".
  • : Vektes altered its national flag.
  • : Vektes altered its national flag.
  • : Vektes was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Vektes was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.


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