by Max Barry

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Most Pacifist: 13th Lowest Crime Rates: 24th Safest: 24th
The Republic of
New York Times Democracy
From each per his ability, to each per his needs
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population21.439 billion

LeaderEdward Sheng


The Republic of Venetoland is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Edward Sheng with a fair hand, and renowned for its public floggings, smutty television, and frequent executions. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 21.439 billion Venetoes 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thomasville. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but inefficient Venetolandian economy, worth a remarkable 4,162 trillion venetoes a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 194,160 venetoes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Graffiti graces every city's streets, citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios, major boxing matches are held in government buildings, and there's no such thing as bad publicity. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Venetoland's national animal is the panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Venetoland is ranked 20,449th in the world and 362nd in Europe for Most Developed, scoring 74.84 on the Human Development Index.

Most Pacifist: 13thLowest Crime Rates: 24thSafest: 24thNicest Citizens: 30thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 35thMost Cheerful Citizens: 36thMost Compassionate Citizens: 38thHealthiest Citizens: 44thBest Weather: 48thMost Influential: 55thLongest Average Lifespans: 92ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 95thLargest Governments: 110thLargest Welfare Programs: 113thMost Beautiful Environments: 117thMost Inclusive: 147thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 168thMost Advanced Public Transport: 176thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 225thMost Rebellious Youth: 237thSmartest Citizens: 282ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 316thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 317thMost Advanced Public Education: 354thMost Cultured: 774thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,362ndTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,040thLargest Populations: 4,519thHighest Average Incomes: 6,249thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,944thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 9,004thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,833rdMost Devout: 14,896thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,199thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,374th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 15th in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionLargest Populations: 23rd in the regionMost Cultured: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 27th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 30th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Venetoland, there's no such thing as bad publicity.
  • : Following new legislation in Venetoland, major boxing matches are held in government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Venetoland, citizens are bombarded with advertising from their compulsory miniature radios.
  • : Following new legislation in Venetoland, graffiti graces every city's streets.
  • : Venetoland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and Highest Average Incomes and the Top 10% for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Venetoland, newspapers are celebrating Edward Sheng saving over a million cats from trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Venetoland, childhood friends of Edward Sheng are living it large abroad at the taxpayers' expense.
  • : Following new legislation in Venetoland, the government has legalised small-scale capitalism.
  • : Venetoland was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Venetoland, vaccinations are mandatory.


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