by Max Barry

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Rudest Citizens: 885th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,856th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,135th
The Republic of
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Population1.564 billion

CapitalHovercraft Central


The Republic of Versatran is a massive, socially progressive nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 1.564 billion Versatrans 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 relatively small, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hovercraft Central. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 19.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Versatran economy, worth 319 trillion Padds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Soda Sales. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an amazing 204,097 Padds, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 660,684 per year while the poor average 47,611, a ratio of 13.9 to 1.

Scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons', historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism, and it's always rabbit season. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Versatran's national animal is the Sentinel, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Versatran is ranked 10,729th in the world and 28th in Spiritus for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Rudest Citizens: 885thTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,856thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,135thFattest Citizens: 2,277thMost Armed: 2,490thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,689thMost Avoided: 2,821stHighest Crime Rates: 2,838thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,065thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,138thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,211thLargest Retail Industry: 3,313thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,525thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,827thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,394thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,685thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,817thHighest Average Incomes: 5,272ndLargest Mining Sector: 5,395thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,538thMost Secular: 8,209thTop
Largest Black Market: 9,259thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,266thSmartest Citizens: 10,469thMost Efficient Economies: 10,729thHighest Drug Use: 10,928thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,219thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,966thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,649thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,840thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,978th
Rudest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionMost Armed: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionFattest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 22nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 26th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Versatran was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Versatran, it's always rabbit season.
  • : Following new legislation in Versatran, historical commemorations regularly devolve into militaristic jingoism.
  • : Following new legislation in Versatran, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Versatran, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Following new legislation in Versatran, international collectors know that a grease-stain on a work of art probably means it's passed through Versatran.
  • : Versatran lodged a message on the Spiritus Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Versatran, Leader's webseries about the alleged hauntings of Hovercraft Central generates millions of views.
  • : Following new legislation in Versatran, factory workers offered 20-hour shifts are expected to thank their bosses for the wonderful opportunity.
  • : Following new legislation in Versatran, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks.


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