by Max Barry

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Most Stationary: 170th Most Influential: 231st Most Efficient Economies: 253rd
The Trenchant Order of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat.
Regional Influence
Superpower
WA Delegate / Non-Executive Delegate
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The Trenchant Order of The Voltarum is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leita O'Shea with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 29.049 billion Voltaru love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ohm. The average income tax rate is 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Voltaru economy, worth a remarkable 5,567 trillion volts 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 led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Uranium Mining, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 191,654 volts, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

All new "spies" are fifteen-year-old acne-ridden kids on computers, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid, the state auctions off combat drones to fund war reparations, and almost all of The Voltarum's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Voltarum's national animal is the electric sloth, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Voltarum is ranked 50,276th in the world and 22nd in Antarctica for Highest Drug Use, scoring 82.2 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Stationary: 170thMost Influential: 231stMost Efficient Economies: 253rdSafest: 313thMost Developed: 360thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 385thBest Weather: 479thMost Beautiful Environments: 510thLongest Average Lifespans: 569thHealthiest Citizens: 597thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 625thMost Advanced Public Education: 634thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 720thLargest Populations: 723rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 740thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 745thHighest Economic Output: 790thHighest Average Tax Rates: 791stLowest Crime Rates: 852ndLargest Governments: 896thSmartest Citizens: 968thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,299thMost Secular: 1,333rdTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,864thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,924thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,230thMost Cultured: 2,895thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,718thLargest Mining Sector: 3,957thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,502ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,690thHighest Average Incomes: 5,222ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,091stMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,668thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,634thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 10,816thMost Politically Free: 11,617thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,311thMost Income Equality: 14,794th
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Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the region

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