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The Grand Republic of Versail

“For the glory of the Republic!” Commandant Drummond

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population17.923 billion

LeaderCommandant Drummond
FaithOrthodox Christian

AnimalBrown Bear

The Grand Republic of Versail is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Commandant Drummond with an iron fist, and notable for its parental licensing program, vat-grown people, and conspicuous electricity pylons. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 17.923 billion Versais 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Oxsana. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Versailian economy, worth a remarkable 8,866 trillion Rubles 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. 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 amazing 494,705 Rubles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.3 times as much as the poorest.

The "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away, many believe that Commandant Drummond's head is big enough for the sun to orbit around it, reddish-brown is the new black, and funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Versail's national animal is the Brown Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Orthodox Christian.

Versail is ranked 3,338th in the world and 189th in Lazarus for Most Avoided, scoring 637.69 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 20thLargest Black Market: 83rdMost Corrupt Governments: 109thMost Subsidized Industry: 115thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 125thMost Advanced Public Transport: 164thMost Advanced Public Education: 215thLargest Mining Sector: 233rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 237thHighest Average Incomes: 314thLargest Governments: 334thHighest Average Tax Rates: 350thLowest Crime Rates: 423rdHighest Economic Output: 565thHighest Poor Incomes: 572ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 606thMost Devout: 754thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,338thMost Developed: 1,350thMost Efficient Economies: 1,714thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,753rdLargest Welfare Programs: 1,755thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,904thTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,209thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,356thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,433rdMost Avoided: 3,338thLargest Retail Industry: 3,661stMost Influential: 3,734thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,742ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,168thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,132ndRudest Citizens: 6,876thLargest Populations: 8,348thMost Cultured: 10,079thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 12,638thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,224thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,045thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,527th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 23rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Devout: 42nd in the regionMost Developed: 57th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 61st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 66th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 82nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 83rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 91st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 101st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 119th in the regionMost Influential: 121st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 123rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 146th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 180th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 189th in the regionMost Avoided: 189th in the regionLargest Populations: 257th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 301st in the regionRudest Citizens: 320th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 544th in the regionMost Cultured: 546th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 672nd in the regionMost Stationary: 686th in the region

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