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Most Advanced Public Transport: 57thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 84thMost Advanced Public Education: 198th
The Dear Leader of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Eminence Grise
Founder / Deputy Supreme Commissar
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population13.86 billion

LeaderGeneralissimo Attero Dirotskiyy
Faitha Cult of Personality

CurrencyUSSD Credit
AnimalYakut Kiwi

The Dear Leader of Vetelo is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Generalissimo Attero Dirotskiyy with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 13.86 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 are ignored. 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 3,045 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 219,739 USSD Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies, the once prosperous capital is in utter decline, and abaci are burned at the stake for being calculating. 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 196,002nd in the world and 111th in USSD for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 39.73 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 57thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 84thMost Advanced Public Education: 198thHighest Average Tax Rates: 333rdLargest Welfare Programs: 333rdMost Pacifist: 341stLowest Crime Rates: 342ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 379thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 414thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 431stLargest Governments: 445thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 922ndMost Influential: 977thMost Developed: 1,070thMost Inclusive: 1,173rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,299thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,309thSmartest Citizens: 1,319thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,342ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,728thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,761stMost Cultured: 1,853rdTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,635thHealthiest Citizens: 3,492ndNicest Citizens: 3,724thHighest Economic Output: 4,122ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,253rdHighest Average Incomes: 4,845thMost Secular: 6,132ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,786thSafest: 7,026thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,966thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,489thMost Stationary: 9,978thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 11,004thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,769thLargest Populations: 16,290thMost Income Equality: 16,808th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the region

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