by Max Barry

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 156thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 193rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 301st
The Trustworthy Corporate Hydra of
A gun in every hand, A tank in Every garage
Chairman John Morgan
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population13.483 billion

CapitalHadley's Hope
LeaderChairman John Morgan
FaithLaissez Faire Capitalism


The Trustworthy Corporate Hydra of Velstado is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Chairman John Morgan with a fair hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 13.483 billion Human Resourceses live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hadley's Hope. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Velstadoan economy, worth a remarkable 4,381 trillion Aliens a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 324,948 Aliens, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,013,316 per year while the poor average 3,310, a ratio of 910 to 1.

Becoming a missionary is a sure-fire route to martyrdom, a suspicious number of male students have joined the Ladies' Wrestling League, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework, and preservative-laden Velstadoan cheeses will be as edible when archaeologists dig them up next millennium. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Velstado's national animal is the Xenomorph, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Laissez Faire Capitalism.

Velstado is ranked 450th in the world and 2nd in Pax Britannia for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 24,822.45 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 156thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 193rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 301stLargest Gambling Industry: 386thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 450thHighest Disposable Incomes: 498thFattest Citizens: 504thMost Avoided: 512thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 516thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 546thMost Armed: 597thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 662ndRudest Citizens: 668thLargest Insurance Industry: 730thHighest Crime Rates: 905thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 973rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,024thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,434thHighest Average Incomes: 1,521stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,562ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,574thLargest Mining Sector: 1,655thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,811thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,860thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,064thTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,337thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,858thMost Efficient Economies: 3,376thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,559thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,560thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,735thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,784thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,862ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,864thTop
Most Secular: 14,082ndLargest Black Market: 15,026thHighest Drug Use: 16,382ndMost Pro-Market: 16,474thLargest Populations: 17,442ndSmartest Citizens: 21,955th
Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the region

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