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The Empire of Voninstein

“Only War Brings Peace” President Wilson

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population1.919 billion

LeaderPresident Wilson


The Empire of Voninstein is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by President Wilson with an even hand, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 1.919 billion Voninstinians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shikoline. The average income tax rate is 90.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Voninstinian economy, worth 255 trillion Marks a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 132,904 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

You can't put down the nation's attitude to pet health, the nation solves other countries' human rights problems with a generous dose of violence, third world countries are rich in "I Love Shikoline" t-shirts, and history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Voninstein's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Voninstein is ranked 153,341st in the world and 7,939th in The North Pacific for Most Devout, with 4.98 Prayers Per Hour.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 938thMost Influential: 1,388thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,259thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,873rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,138thLowest Crime Rates: 4,568thSafest: 5,076thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,579thHealthiest Citizens: 5,830thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,579thTop
Largest Governments: 8,903rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,728thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,547thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,134thMost Developed: 11,256thSmartest Citizens: 11,433rdMost Advanced Public Education: 12,187thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,450thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,731stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,751stMost Secular: 15,851stMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,341stMost Beautiful Environments: 16,521stHighest Average Incomes: 16,727th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 110th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 142nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 161st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 218th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 220th in the regionSafest: 271st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 327th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 343rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 439th in the regionLargest Governments: 453rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 458th in the regionMost Influential: 550th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 573rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 617th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 635th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 635th in the regionMost Developed: 640th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 698th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 723rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 748th in the regionMost Secular: 809th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 818th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 849th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 855th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Voninstein, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.
  • : Following new legislation in Voninstein, third world countries are rich in "I Love Shikoline" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Voninstein, the nation solves other countries' human rights problems with a generous dose of violence.
  • : Following new legislation in Voninstein, you can't put down the nation's attitude to pet health.
  • : Following new legislation in Voninstein, the beauty of coastal towns is marred only slightly by all the closed-down storefronts.
  • : Voninstein was endorsed by The Republic of Parmovand.
  • : Voninstein was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Voninstein voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Voninstein, arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct.
  • : Following new legislation in Voninstein, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 150 » Territorio di Nessuno, Notyoutopia, Frances Francis the First of France, Shibutani, Siwale, The Rhein States, Yaorozu, Shadowrik, Malta Comino Gozo, Sundred, Great Bights Mum, Wilkshire, Koda-Land, Selfgradatude, Sinelona, Kwaj, Wineclaw, Corfad, PlanetPunk, Dar es Saalam, Spartoptia, Vincone Cae, United Draconia, Holy Oranz, North Bratislava, Sunto, New Bremerton, Kasazzastan, Former English Colony, Pallaith, Sil Dorsett, The Iron Lions, New Pruessen, Ethnon, Cloydicia, Highton Islands, Unsophisticate, Diodone, Ice and Tinian, El Fiji Grande, Napnomadia, Bearical, Niradans, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Omnistria, Newpromisedland, Federation Terra Australis, Hong Kong Empire, Black Templares, Lunallian, and 100 others.Empy, Xentherida, Dreadton, Yukti, Ninjak30, Outer Egorniand, Maott, General COE, Eri-Maqa-Ena, The Windmilluminati, Pasargad, Guer Aike, Buckerino, Universal State Formula, Alunya, Moubarakistan, Ozstan, Steraz, Ainsworth, Atain, The Sinclarian Provinces, Votak Matim, Q w e r t y, Egalico, Solmetria, Acrabinnia, Joodey, Guslantis, Ibiscaton, Saturns Edge, Jasminlandia, Steampunk Ariel, Zemnaya Svoboda, Plangainer, Haor Chall, Trillius, Torakuen, Unimaginable Doom, Victoriaans Nederlands, 1 very fast endotarter, Ikea Rike, Aratani, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Noahs Second Country, Valhalla123, Rynion, Test for a new hope, Elder Realms, Loutsland, Analomink, Alpinea, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Constantinolia, Astrind, Zumlandia, Kobagia, Xzavia-Hjar, Glurponia, Juggernautilus, Penrith, Daiz, Runeda, San Xavier, Orado, Lindsaystan, The Tampa Bay Rays, Sockmanland, Makersaulache, Duerrlewang, Cuyan, New Octicarg, McMasterdonia, Orven, The Stratosphere Islands, Ponantine, Racoda, Wisconsota, The Nation that will win Soops for 9003, Gnomewatchers, Amauri, Clan Spaniel, Angshire, Miruma, Kranostav, Zecit, PotatoFarmers, Loli County, Nothru Lerple, Pazair, United Kahndaq, Seenvorland, Dabarastan, United Anglo-America, Afcon, Viridiann, Zyvetskistaahn, Eravonia, Idumetala, Huks Gares, and Parmovand.

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