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Most Advanced Public Transport: 60th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 89th Most Advanced Public Education: 174th
The Dear Leader of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Founder / Deputy Supreme Commissar
Civil Rights
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Population10.634 billion

LeaderGeneralissimo Attero Dirotskiyy
Faitha Cult of Personality

CurrencyUSSD Credit
AnimalYakut Kiwi

The Dear Leader of Vetelo is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Generalissimo Attero Dirotskiyy with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, free-roaming dinosaurs, and parental licensing program. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 10.634 billion Vetelonians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Law & Order, and Environment are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Miguel. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Vetelonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,321 trillion USSD Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 218,293 USSD Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bins outnumber trees in city parks, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', every spring railroad foundations erode to reveal human remains, and the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vetelo's national animal is the Yakut Kiwi, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is a Cult of Personality.

Vetelo is ranked 171,303rd in the world and 222nd in USSD for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 31.78 Workforce Participation Rate.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 60thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 89thMost Advanced Public Education: 174thMost Pacifist: 257thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 271stLowest Crime Rates: 289thHighest Average Tax Rates: 319thLargest Welfare Programs: 363rdLargest Governments: 398thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 405thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 478thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 838thMost Subsidized Industry: 999thMost Inclusive: 1,047thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,060thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,151stSmartest Citizens: 1,196thMost Developed: 1,538thMost Influential: 1,612thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 1,748thMost Cultured: 1,798thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,501stMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,633rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,825thMost Efficient Economies: 3,627thNicest Citizens: 3,940thHealthiest Citizens: 4,024thHighest Average Incomes: 4,248thHighest Economic Output: 4,613thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,721stMost Secular: 5,874thSafest: 8,049thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 10,896thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,673rdMost Income Equality: 12,497thMost Stationary: 14,381stHighest Drug Use: 15,597th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 11th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 15th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the region

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