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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,641stMost Cultured: 5,455thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,781st
The Federal Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Though dark may fall, through darkness light will shine
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population5.989 billion

LeaderPresident Markus Olav

AnimalVandelstein Swan

The Federal Republic of Vandelstein is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Markus Olav with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 5.989 billion Vandelsteinians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Helsingberg. The average income tax rate is 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Vandelsteinian economy, worth 785 trillion Grants a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 131,089 Grants, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government is making attempts at curtailing the flood of spam emails with little progress, a fashion designer has been arrested for inciting hatred after claiming redheads couldn't pull off vermillion, the fastest growing demographic of porn viewership is twelve to seventeen, and Vandelstein is notorious for its citizens' infidelity. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vandelstein's national animal is the Vandelstein Swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Vandelstein is ranked 98,483rd in the world and 3rd in Concorde Union for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 980.86 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 2,641stMost Cultured: 5,455thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,781stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,800thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,274thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,121stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,417thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,968thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,766thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,339thMost Developed: 10,291stMost Efficient Economies: 11,306thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 11,342ndLargest Welfare Programs: 11,907thSmartest Citizens: 12,385thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,236thSafest: 13,566thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,588thNicest Citizens: 13,726thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,585thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,651stLargest Governments: 17,486thHealthiest Citizens: 18,405thHighest Average Incomes: 18,726thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,927thBest Weather: 19,231stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 21,273rdHighest Economic Output: 21,872ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 22,078th

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