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The Matriarchy of Vonoria

“We are only as strong as our weakest!”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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Vonoria

Population9.134 billion

LeaderNina the Wombat

CurrencyChecker
AnimalWombat

The Matriarchy of Vonoria is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Nina the Wombat with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, hatred of cheese, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.134 billion Vonorians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 96.6%.

The Vonorian economy, worth 773 trillion Checkers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 84,653 Checkers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The "feminist protest" defence is increasingly common for cases of armed robbery, on-duty Air Vonoria flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class, artists are pillars of society, and arriving late for dinner is considered the height of selfishness. Crime is totally unknown. Vonoria's national animal is the Wombat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Vonoria is ranked 167,917th in the world and 6,924th in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -12.33 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,590thTop
5%
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,825thMost Devout: 2,303rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,477thMost Inclusive: 2,822ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,128thMost Pacifist: 3,192ndMost Rebellious Youth: 3,481stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,583rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,618thMost Cultured: 3,665thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,948thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,470thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,679thNicest Citizens: 4,944thLargest Governments: 5,518thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,299thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,306thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,643rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,933rdMost Stationary: 8,197thTop
10%
Best Weather: 9,551stHighest Drug Use: 13,566thMost Primitive: 13,795thNudest: 13,843rdMost Influential: 14,333rdLowest Crime Rates: 14,447thSmartest Citizens: 14,814thMost Income Equality: 15,451stHealthiest Citizens: 15,911th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 30th in the regionMost Devout: 47th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 69th in the regionTop
5%
Highest Average Tax Rates: 72nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 82nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 89th in the regionMost Inclusive: 94th in the regionMost Cultured: 103rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 109th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 110th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 120th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 125th in the regionLargest Governments: 129th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 131st in the regionMost Stationary: 164th in the regionNicest Citizens: 167th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 176th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 190th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 221st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 225th in the regionLargest Populations: 258th in the regionBest Weather: 305th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 310th in the regionNudest: 318th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 409th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 420th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 448th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 481st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 492nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 519th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 533rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 649th in the regionMost Primitive: 686th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, arriving late for dinner is considered the height of selfishness.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, artists are pillars of society.
  • : Vonoria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Vonoria was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Vonoria was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, on-duty Air Vonoria flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, the "feminist protest" defence is increasingly common for cases of armed robbery.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, the government has been criticized for giving away Vonoria's territory to anyone who claims it.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, Vonorian housewives become unusually flustered when thinking about Nina the Wombat.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, therapists can always squeeze in another house-call.

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