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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,341st Nudest: 1,381st Rudest Citizens: 1,506th
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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Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Theocratic Elective Monarchy of Valticon is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Saint Nicholas with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, sprawling nuclear power plants, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 3.071 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 3.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Swiss Guard economy, worth 605 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 impressive 197,028 Crosses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Diners regard burgers made from mechanically reclaimed cow protein as "proper meat", mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Bisons and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry, no cul-de-sac or trailer park is complete without a gambling parlor, and ratings for schools' curricula range from 'Pure as the Driven Snow' to 'Late Night TV'. Crime is relatively low. 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 13,454th in the world and 741st in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 81.35 on the Human Development Index.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,341stNudest: 1,381stRudest Citizens: 1,506thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,728thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 1,833rdMost Armed: 2,404thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,463rdLargest Retail Industry: 3,476thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,641stMost Influential: 3,660thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,719thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,838thMost Cultured: 5,038thHighest Average Incomes: 5,305thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,600thLargest Gambling Industry: 5,798thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,968thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,014thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,249thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,297thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 9,798thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,864thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,102ndMost Devout: 13,122ndMost Developed: 13,454thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,307th
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Nudest: 39th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 52nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 56th in the regionMost Armed: 70th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 76th in the regionTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 113th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 129th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 146th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 165th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 168th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 200th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 210th in the regionMost Cultured: 217th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 228th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 278th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 284th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 292nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 301st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 468th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 470th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 486th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 534th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 536th in the regionMost Devout: 583rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 671st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 674th in the regionMost Developed: 741st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 863rd in the regionLargest Populations: 890th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 943rd in the region

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