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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 728thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 849thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 978th
The Universal Union of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur.
Overseer Galdon
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The V O I D

Population13.783 billion

CapitalCentral Complex
LeaderOverseer Galdon
FaithVoidism

CurrencyCredit
AnimalEntity

The Universal Union of The V O I D is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Overseer Galdon with an iron fist, and remarkable for its public floggings, zero percent divorce rate, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.783 billion Voidborne are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Central Complex. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Voidborne economy, worth a remarkable 2,959 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 214,736 Credits, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,439,463 per year while the poor average 12,036, a ratio of 119 to 1.

Citizens who don't recite the Pledge of The V O I D at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list, minefields are being deployed along the border to discourage potential emigrants from trying to leave, adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters, and the internet has been placed under government control. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. The V O I D's national animal is the Entity, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Voidism.

The V O I D is ranked 849th in the world and 1st in V O I D D O M I N I O N for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 15,961.4 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 728thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 849thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 978thLargest Black Market: 1,408thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,547thTop
5%
Most Corrupt Governments: 2,214thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,540thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,284thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,368thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,143rdHighest Economic Output: 4,315thMost Stationary: 4,786thHighest Average Incomes: 5,175thFattest Citizens: 5,260thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,373rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,623rdLargest Mining Sector: 6,986thLargest Retail Industry: 7,925thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,569thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,832ndMost Avoided: 9,662ndMost Influential: 10,360thTop
10%
Largest Governments: 10,988thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,466thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13,776thMost Secular: 15,932ndLargest Insurance Industry: 16,365thLargest Populations: 16,457thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,929th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, the internet has been placed under government control.
  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, minefields are being deployed along the border to discourage potential emigrants from trying to leave.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of The V O I D at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list.
  • : The V O I D was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, squeaky high prepubescent voices recite the patriotic poem "Hail to The Leader!" before each meal.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, Voidborne seem to be catching more chills.
  • : Following new legislation in The V O I D, mandatory updates on software drivers often bring life to a halt.

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