by Max Barry

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,502nd
The Vandoosa of
Democratic Socialists
Vandoosa.
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Weak
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Bella

Population5.269 billion

Currencyguilder
Animalgiraffe

The Vandoosa of Bella is a colossal, safe nation, notable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 5.269 billion Bellans 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 Welfare, Law & Order, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 52.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Bellan economy, worth 179 trillion guilders a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 34,067 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Voting is voluntary, military spending recently hit a new high, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, and thousands of children die every day from easily curable illnesses. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bella's national animal is the giraffe, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bella is ranked 106,307th in the world and 302nd in The Glorious Nations of Iwaku for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 54.31 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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