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The Empire of Voltarian Dispatch Office

“Man, some just want to watch your world burn”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Basket Case
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: Voltarium


Voltarian Dispatch Office

Population2.628 billion


The Empire of Voltarian Dispatch Office is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its punitive income tax rates, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 2.628 billion Voltarian Dispatch Officeans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 56.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Voltarian Dispatch Officean economy, worth 22.1 trillion dollars 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Basket Weaving, Trout Farming, Automobile Manufacturing, and Information Technology. 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 8,422 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Voltarian Dispatch Office's national animal is the kitten.

Voltarian Dispatch Office is ranked 203,703rd in the world and 13th in Voltarium for Most Developed, scoring 41.4 on the Human Development Index.

Most Authoritarian: 1,146thTop
Most Extreme: 2,617thMost Conservative: 3,350thMost Income Equality: 4,792ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,022nd
Most Conservative: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the region

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