by Max Barry

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,279thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,300thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,369th
The Empire of
Father Knows Best State
The end justifies the means.
Prince Noctis Lucis Caelum
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Dres Van

Population10.913 billion

CapitalVal Royeaux
LeaderPrince Noctis Lucis Caelum


The Empire of Dres Van is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Prince Noctis Lucis Caelum with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 10.913 billion Dres Vanians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Val Royeaux. The average income tax rate is 93.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Dres Vanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,000 trillion Zeniths a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology. Average income is 91,642 Zeniths, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path, the lactose-intolerant are force-fed cheese products with predictably gassy results, babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes, and the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Dres Van's national animal is the Adamantoise, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Andrastianism.

Dres Van is ranked 27,870th in the world and 1,470th in Osiris for Most Developed, scoring 76.83 on the Human Development Index.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,279thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,300thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,369thMost Influential: 4,845thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,379thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,242ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,470thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,596thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,844thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,123rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,528thBest Weather: 10,539thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,763rdTop
Largest Governments: 12,571stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,297thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,960thLowest Crime Rates: 15,105thHighest Economic Output: 18,494thMost Cultured: 19,917thHighest Drug Use: 20,626thMost Stationary: 20,627thMost Corrupt Governments: 21,099th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 25th in the regionMost Influential: 38th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 143rd in the regionMost Stationary: 249th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 290th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 301st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 302nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 315th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 320th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 344th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 367th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 450th in the regionBest Weather: 505th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 521st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 605th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 617th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 677th in the regionLargest Governments: 686th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 831st in the region

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