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The Republic of Votak Matim

“With humility and hope”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The North Pacific


Votak Matim

Population10.169 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Lana Hayashi

CurrencyVotak dinar

The Republic of Votak Matim is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Prime Minister Lana Hayashi with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, soft-spoken computers, and avant-garde cinema. The compassionate, cheerful population of 10.169 billion Votakim are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Korin. The average income tax rate is 97.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Votak economy, worth a remarkable 1,895 trillion Votak dinars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 186,359 Votak dinars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Young people suspect their parents might be a little bit stupid, children seem to be getting better at lying these days, Votak politicians are often described as having more style than substance, and humble workers tempt fate for a taste of airline caviar. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Votak Matim's national animal is the owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Votak Matim is ranked 1,685th in the world and 88th in The North Pacific for Safest, scoring 144.7 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 146thMost Influential: 250thBest Weather: 1,377thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,561stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,612thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,626thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,639thMost Pacifist: 1,683rdSafest: 1,685thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,817thMost Inclusive: 1,842ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,893rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,904thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,922ndNicest Citizens: 1,967thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,991stTop
Most Developed: 2,120thHealthiest Citizens: 2,224thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,488thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,780thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,897thLargest Governments: 3,043rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,136thLowest Crime Rates: 3,209thSmartest Citizens: 3,675thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,872ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,395thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,405thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,158thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,304thMost Cultured: 7,371stHighest Average Incomes: 7,676thHighest Economic Output: 7,897thMost Efficient Economies: 8,540thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,272ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,743rdMost Secular: 14,931stLargest Publishing Industry: 18,885th
Most Influential: 65th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 68th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 68th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 77th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 78th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 78th in the regionSafest: 88th in the regionBest Weather: 90th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 108th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 108th in the regionMost Pacifist: 109th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 111th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 113th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 114th in the regionMost Inclusive: 116th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 120th in the regionMost Developed: 121st in the regionNicest Citizens: 129th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 135th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 138th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 144th in the regionLargest Governments: 148th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 157th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 158th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 192nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 230th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 231st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 235th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 256th in the regionMost Cultured: 360th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 364th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 369th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 430th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 458th in the regionLargest Populations: 463rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 497th in the regionTop
Nudest: 529th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 596th in the regionMost Secular: 793rd in the regionMost Stationary: 794th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 907th in the region

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