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Nudest: 956th Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,301st Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,974th
The Theocratic Elective Monarchy of
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Don't Lie where you Lay and don't Lay where you Lie.
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Population4.272 billion

LeaderSaint Nicholas


The Theocratic Elective Monarchy of Valticon is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Saint Nicholas with a fair hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, strictly enforced bedtime, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 4.272 billion Swiss Guard enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The tiny, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 3.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Swiss Guard economy, worth 863 trillion Crosses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 202,049 Crosses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Saint Nicholas can often be found attempting to coax random citizens' cats down from trees, undergrads find their professors' mushroom experiments less psychedelic than expected, war criminals are given full state funerals, and the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb. Crime is well under control. Valticon's national animal is the Bison, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Valticon is ranked 60,881st in the world and 2,842nd in Balder for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 1,725.98 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Nudest: 956thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,301stTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,974thRudest Citizens: 2,360thMost Armed: 2,379thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,219thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,520thMost Influential: 3,561stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,121stLargest Retail Industry: 4,274thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,427thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,469thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,846thHighest Average Incomes: 5,164thMost Cultured: 5,193rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,543rdLargest Gambling Industry: 5,572ndLargest Publishing Industry: 5,982ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,253rdTop
Smartest Citizens: 9,623rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,952ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,419thMost Devout: 13,044thMost Developed: 13,992ndHighest Economic Output: 14,583rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,432nd
Most Influential: 17th in the regionNudest: 37th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 51st in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 77th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 91st in the regionMost Armed: 103rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 165th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 171st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 176th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 179th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 182nd in the regionMost Cultured: 197th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 199th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 208th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 210th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 245th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 251st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 257th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 260th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 423rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 447th in the region

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