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Most Advanced Public Transport: 565thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 618thMost Secular: 852nd
The Awakened Empire of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Stand at the Edge of the World
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population14.486 billion

LeaderEmpress Lohannah Voidwalker


The Awakened Empire of Vanparia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Empress Lohannah Voidwalker with an even hand, and notable for its digital currency, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 14.486 billion Vanparians 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Direwolf. The average income tax rate is 96.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Vanparian economy, worth a remarkable 4,919 trillion Nuyens a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 339,614 Nuyens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

A bill to outlaw math homework has been submitted, the true length of the coastline of Vanparia may never be measured, the "Dreadnowt" is the pride and joy of the Vanparian Navy, and out-of-work actors say they can't complain. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Vanparia's national animal is the Voidwolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Tairngirism.

Vanparia is ranked 852nd in the world and 32nd in Lazarus for Most Secular, with 99.14 Atheism Rate.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 565thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 618thMost Secular: 852ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 865thMost Cultured: 895thLargest Agricultural Sector: 938thSmartest Citizens: 1,064thLargest Governments: 1,218thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,310thHighest Average Incomes: 1,410thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,423rdHighest Poor Incomes: 2,063rdHighest Economic Output: 2,112thMost Developed: 2,128thLowest Crime Rates: 2,379thTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,985thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,016thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,127thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,187thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,774thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,806thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,980thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,043rdLargest Retail Industry: 4,246thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,712thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,044thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,112thHealthiest Citizens: 5,152ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,060thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,255thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,291stMost Inclusive: 10,893rdTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 13,118thMost Efficient Economies: 13,476thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,784thLargest Populations: 17,770thLargest Black Market: 18,230thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,002ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,616th
Most Scientifically Advanced: 30th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 32nd in the regionMost Secular: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 35th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Cultured: 41st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 50th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 55th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 61st in the regionLargest Governments: 66th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 68th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 94th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 96th in the regionMost Developed: 106th in the regionRudest Citizens: 114th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 128th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 128th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 153rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 154th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 175th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 198th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 202nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 206th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 207th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 239th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 242nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 257th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 274th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 291st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 396th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 455th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 492nd in the regionLargest Populations: 518th in the regionMost Inclusive: 569th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 625th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 717th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Vanparia, out-of-work actors say they can't complain.
  • : Following new legislation in Vanparia, the "Dreadnowt" is the pride and joy of the Vanparian Navy.
  • : Following new legislation in Vanparia, the true length of the coastline of Vanparia may never be measured.
  • : Vanparia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in Vanparia, a bill to outlaw math homework has been submitted.
  • : Following new legislation in Vanparia, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles.
  • : Vanparia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Following new legislation in Vanparia, Empress Lohannah Voidwalker is considering changing the Vanparian flag to one with more glitter.
  • : Following new legislation in Vanparia, bargain hunters descend on disaster zones for a quick spot of grocery shopping.
  • : Following new legislation in Vanparia, athletic teenagers are among the wealthiest members of society.


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