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The Interstellar Sentinel of Venmere

“Per Ardua ad Astra”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: 10000 Islands

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Venmere

Population4.947 billion

CapitalAlcuta
LeaderWilhelm Crane
FaithChurch of Christ of Latter-Day Saints

CurrencySilver
AnimalPeregrine Falcon

The Interstellar Sentinel of Venmere is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Wilhelm Crane with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, infamous sell-swords, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 4.947 billion Venmereans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alcuta. The average income tax rate is 92.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Venmerean economy, worth 957 trillion Silvers a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 193,524 Silvers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

No-one can foil the ambitions of Big Aluminium, mechanics are often exhausted by their work, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls, and glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Venmere's national animal is the Peregrine Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Venmere is ranked 17,792nd in the world and 268th in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 8,384.12 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Influential: 824thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,649thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,596thMost Patriotic: 3,689thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,984thMost Efficient Economies: 4,155thMost Developed: 4,614thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,860thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,227thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,426thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,568thSmartest Citizens: 5,600thLowest Crime Rates: 6,211thLargest Governments: 6,400thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,679thNudest: 7,702ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,866thHighest Average Incomes: 8,254thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,333rdLongest Average Lifespans: 8,475thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,892ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,418thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,654thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,118thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,390thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,102ndMost Corrupt Governments: 12,122ndMost Cultured: 12,179thHealthiest Citizens: 12,722ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,200thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 15,518thLargest Retail Industry: 15,947thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,792ndHighest Economic Output: 23,238thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 25,978thMost Advanced Public Transport: 26,024thMost Authoritarian: 27,390th
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Most Patriotic: 42nd in the regionNudest: 52nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 54th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 63rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 66th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 71st in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 79th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 80th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 81st in the regionMost Influential: 93rd in the regionMost Developed: 94th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 95th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 95th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 102nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 102nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 104th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 116th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 117th in the regionLargest Governments: 117th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 120th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 121st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 125th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 131st in the region

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