by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 923rdMost Devout: 3,848thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,262nd
The Constitutional Monarchy of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
One light unto the nations
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population995 million

LeaderEmperor Ashir of House Zalet


The Constitutional Monarchy of Ventel is a huge, genial nation, ruled by Emperor Ashir of House Zalet with an even hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, keen interest in outer space, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, devout population of 995 million Ventelians 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, Healthcare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ubo-Obasi. The average income tax rate is 67.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ventelian economy, worth 113 trillion shanars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 114,545 shanars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Military equipment stores have a tendency to go up in flames, legislation sometimes has to battle through weeks of filibustering to pass, the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed, and gangs of political bullies tell minority voices to "shut up because we say so". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ventel's national animal is the Elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ventel is ranked 207,023rd in the world and 5,680th in Balder for Most Patriotic, with 3.98 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 923rdTop
Most Devout: 3,848thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,262ndMost Influential: 6,194thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,489thMost Cultured: 10,404thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,753rdLargest Welfare Programs: 12,101stNicest Citizens: 12,623rdTop
Safest: 13,842ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,131stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,458thMost Developed: 15,803rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,059thLowest Crime Rates: 17,900thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,263rdMost Average: 22,660thMost Scientifically Advanced: 22,863rdHighest Food Quality: 22,924thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,284thSmartest Citizens: 24,123rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24,963rdLongest Average Lifespans: 25,079thMost Efficient Economies: 25,388thLargest Information Technology Sector: 26,004thLargest Governments: 26,010th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionMost Influential: 42nd in the regionTop
Most Devout: 169th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 208th in the regionMost Average: 288th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 347th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 511th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 594th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 626th in the regionNicest Citizens: 637th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 639th in the regionSafest: 731st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 744th in the region

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