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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,599thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,839thMost Pacifist: 3,700th
The Unassailable Logic of
Authoritarian Democracy
Live Long and Prosper
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Planet Vulkan

Population10.589 billion

CapitalShiKahr
LeaderT'Pau
FaithPolytheism

CurrencyFederation Credit
AnimalSehlat

The Unassailable Logic of Planet Vulkan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by T'Pau with an even hand, and notable for its prohibition of alcohol, anti-smoking policies, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, devout population of 10.589 billion Vulcanians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of ShiKahr. The average income tax rate is 92.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Vulcanian economy, worth 814 trillion Federation Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is 76,936 Federation Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Weather forecasts are accurate but nobody has the bandwidth to view them, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage, edgy teens know that illegal discos are where the cool cats hang, and virtual assistants are seen with increasing suspicion every time they get an upgrade. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Planet Vulkan's national animal is the Sehlat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Polytheism.

Planet Vulkan is ranked 260,208th in the world and 164th in United Earth Space Probe Agency for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring -11.52 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,599thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,839thMost Pacifist: 3,700thSafest: 5,122ndMost Advanced Public Education: 7,374thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,682ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,931stBest Weather: 8,147thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,682ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,794thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,817thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,522ndLowest Crime Rates: 10,160thNicest Citizens: 10,919thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,348thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,355thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,845thMost Devout: 11,889thHealthiest Citizens: 12,107thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,499thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,504thTop
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Most Stationary: 16,920thMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,674thSmartest Citizens: 19,003rdLargest Governments: 19,136thMost Cultured: 21,834thHighest Food Quality: 23,113thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 25,351st
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Healthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Planet Vulkan, virtual assistants are seen with increasing suspicion every time they get an upgrade.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Vulkan, edgy teens know that illegal discos are where the cool cats hang.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Vulkan, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Vulkan, weather forecasts are accurate but nobody has the bandwidth to view them.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Vulkan, the most common answers to where babies come from are "uh... ask your mother" and "um... ask your father".
  • : Planet Vulkan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Vulkan, T'Pau is quite hard to get a hold of.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Vulkan, helicopter parenting is on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Vulkan, the stacked neck-ring is this season's hottest fashion item.
  • : Following new legislation in Planet Vulkan, older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road.

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