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The Matriarchy of Vonoria

“We are only as strong as our weakest!”

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

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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Vonoria

Population10.88 billion

LeaderNina the Wombat

CurrencyChecker
AnimalWombat

The Matriarchy of Vonoria is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Nina the Wombat with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service, complete lack of prisons, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 10.88 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 96.9%.

The strong Vonorian economy, worth a remarkable 1,017 trillion Checkers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 93,501 Checkers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Social media sites prompt users to send birthday greetings to unresponsive nonagenarians, jokes told in elementary school often come back to haunt politicians, a degree in Nina The Wombat Science with a Minor in Awesomeology starts many political careers, and the banshee wail foretells skies of death. Crime is totally unknown. Vonoria's national animal is the Wombat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Vonoria is ranked 2,336th in the world and 71st in the South Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 65.81 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,062ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,394thTop
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Most Devout: 2,109thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,336thMost Pacifist: 2,672ndMost Inclusive: 2,880thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,024thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,116thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,202ndLargest Welfare Programs: 3,262ndMost Cultured: 3,784thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,006thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,210thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,373rdNicest Citizens: 5,040thLargest Governments: 5,380thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,055thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,284thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,511thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,011thMost Stationary: 7,479thBest Weather: 8,645thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 14,758thSmartest Citizens: 15,294thHealthiest Citizens: 15,515thMost Influential: 16,390thHighest Economic Output: 16,621stHighest Poor Incomes: 16,801stMost Primitive: 17,320thMost Income Equality: 17,336thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,818thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,860thHighest Drug Use: 19,298th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 29th in the regionMost Devout: 50th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 71st in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 77th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 82nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 94th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 96th in the regionMost Pacifist: 102nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 103rd in the regionMost Cultured: 111th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 120th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 134th in the regionLargest Governments: 138th in the regionMost Stationary: 154th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 165th in the regionNicest Citizens: 172nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 179th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 189th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 229th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 230th in the regionLargest Populations: 255th in the regionBest Weather: 270th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 299th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 409th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 426th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 431st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 474th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 496th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 522nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 527th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 534th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 555th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, a degree in Nina The Wombat Science with a Minor in Awesomeology starts many political careers.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, jokes told in elementary school often come back to haunt politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, social media sites prompt users to send birthday greetings to unresponsive nonagenarians.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, fireworks and other big bangs are forbidden during the newest public holiday.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, the recital of citations that follows any political speech can be longer than the speech itself.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, disaster relief budgets are growing like wildfire.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, schoolyard bullying has a tendency to escalate.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause.
  • : Following new legislation in Vonoria, the nation's industries are scrambling to switch to biodegradable plastics.

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