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The Flaming Red Peaceniks of Vampiric Hummingbirds is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Fearless Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its public floggings, smutty television, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 12.978 billion Vampiric Hummingbirdsians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Environment, although Industry and Education are also considered important, while Law & Order and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Roost. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Vampiric Hummingbirdsian economy, worth 743 trillion drachmas a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 57,295 drachmas, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 212,946 per year while the poor average 10,831, a ratio of 19.7 to 1.

Bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms, companies balk at paying their workers, it is a common belief that a sport isn't sport if there are no decapitations, and Fearless Leader panders to nontraditional families. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Vampiric Hummingbirds's national animal is the hummingbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Cult of Transylvania.

Vampiric Hummingbirds is ranked 3rd in The Atheist Empire and 466th in the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 139 Whatever.

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