by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 19thLargest Black Market: 83rdMost Corrupt Governments: 94th
The Grand Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
For the glory of the Republic!
Commandant Drummond
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population16.446 billion

LeaderCommandant Drummond
FaithOrthodox Christian

AnimalBrown Bear

The Grand Republic of Versail is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Commandant Drummond with an iron fist, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, ban on automobiles, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 16.446 billion Versais are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government is dominated by the Department of Defense, with Education, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Oxsana. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Versailian economy, worth a remarkable 8,158 trillion Rubles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 496,053 Rubles, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,562,919 per year while the poor average 120,380, a ratio of 13.0 to 1.

Lobster tastes best when it is red, 13-year-old internet trolls are treated as a threat on par with terrorists, the Versail Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon', and the "swords to plowshares" policy has created a generation of farmers that can kill a yak from 200 yards away. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Versail's national animal is the Brown Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Orthodox Christian.

Versail is ranked 142,505th in the world and 5,467th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring -67.78 on the Rand Index.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 19thLargest Black Market: 83rdMost Corrupt Governments: 94thMost Subsidized Industry: 104thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 150thMost Advanced Public Transport: 183rdMost Advanced Public Education: 210thLargest Mining Sector: 223rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 232ndHighest Average Incomes: 278thLargest Governments: 322ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 352ndLowest Crime Rates: 408thLargest Agricultural Sector: 522ndHighest Economic Output: 599thMost Devout: 755thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,058thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,083rdMost Developed: 1,514thMost Efficient Economies: 1,579thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,595thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 1,756thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,089thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,134thSmartest Citizens: 2,167thMost Avoided: 2,925thLargest Retail Industry: 3,094thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,742ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,065thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,581stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,934thMost Influential: 7,122ndTop
Largest Populations: 8,738thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,449thMost Cultured: 10,617thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,136thRudest Citizens: 13,479thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,366th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 8th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionMost Devout: 39th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 46th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 55th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 57th in the regionMost Developed: 62nd in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 70th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 78th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 78th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 90th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 97th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 142nd in the regionMost Avoided: 150th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 174th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 177th in the regionMost Influential: 184th in the regionLargest Populations: 267th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 277th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 298th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 406th in the regionRudest Citizens: 437th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 611th in the regionMost Cultured: 611th in the region

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