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Least Corrupt Governments: 578thSafest: 750thMost Stationary: 777th
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Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Superb

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Vee Eight

Population27.219 billion

LeaderMajor Tom

Currencypetrodollar
Animalfirebird

The Community of Vee Eight is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Major Tom with a fair hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, national health service, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 27.219 billion Vee Eightians 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 medium-sized government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 93.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The enormous but inefficient Vee Eightian economy, worth a remarkable 4,477 trillion petrodollars a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 164,512 petrodollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

More than one company makes the board game Monopoly, children seem to be getting better at lying these days, stolen Reuben sandwiches are met with detailed and thorough police investigations, and parking lots are littered with coffee cups and doughnut crumbs. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vee Eight's national animal is the firebird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Vee Eight is ranked 5,686th in the world and 131st in The East Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 16,187.22 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 578thSafest: 750thMost Stationary: 777thMost Rebellious Youth: 990thSmartest Citizens: 1,237thMost Pacifist: 1,471stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,035thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,503rdTop
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Highest Economic Output: 3,139thLowest Crime Rates: 3,501stMost Advanced Public Education: 3,728thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,797thLargest Governments: 3,815thHealthiest Citizens: 3,853rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,186thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,298thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,310thLargest Populations: 4,319thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,491stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,951stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,686thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,586thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,601stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,869thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,958thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,593rdHighest Food Quality: 8,626thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,222ndMost Secular: 11,018thMost Inclusive: 11,277thHighest Average Incomes: 12,522ndMost Influential: 12,800thTop
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Most Cultured: 13,978thBest Weather: 14,680thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,845thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,986thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,394thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,957thLargest Insurance Industry: 23,808th
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Most Stationary: 14th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 17th in the regionSafest: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 32nd in the regionLargest Populations: 33rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 43rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 44th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 48th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 91st in the regionLargest Governments: 100th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 102nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 104th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 107th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 121st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 131st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 131st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 133rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 170th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 177th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 181st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 189th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 190th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 219th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 231st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 271st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 277th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 281st in the regionNudest: 337th in the regionMost Secular: 351st in the regionMost Inclusive: 358th in the regionMost Cultured: 388th in the regionBest Weather: 452nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 453rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 608th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 610th in the regionMost Influential: 617th in the regionMost Developed: 946th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 960th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1,021st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,034th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,058th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Vee Eight, parking lots are littered with coffee cups and doughnut crumbs.
  • : Following new legislation in Vee Eight, stolen Reuben sandwiches are met with detailed and thorough police investigations.
  • : Vee Eight was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in Vee Eight, children seem to be getting better at lying these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Vee Eight, more than one company makes the board game Monopoly.
  • : Following new legislation in Vee Eight, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu.
  • : Following new legislation in Vee Eight, Vee Eight's heavy congestion charges are the bane of motorists' lives.
  • : Following new legislation in Vee Eight, a popular saying is "a chicken for every pot and an abortion clinic on every street".
  • : Following new legislation in Vee Eight, Major Tom's used car is held together by bumper stickers that support the opposition.
  • : Following new legislation in Vee Eight, feeling like a winner comes at a price.

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