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Most Advanced Public Transport: 57th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 83rd Most Advanced Public Education: 173rd
The Dear Leader of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Founder / Deputy Supreme Commissar
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population11.195 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 notable for its museums and concert halls, parental licensing program, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 11.195 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, well-organized morass — prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Law & Order, and Environment are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. 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 2,449 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 218,831 USSD Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, and government bureaucrats shut down teenage yard-raking businesses for being counter-revolutionary. 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 60,525th in the world and 111th in USSD for Most Extreme, scoring 22.02 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 57thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 83rdMost Advanced Public Education: 173rdMost Pacifist: 252ndLowest Crime Rates: 303rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 317thHighest Average Tax Rates: 318thLargest Welfare Programs: 350thLargest Governments: 409thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 409thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 458thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 853rdMost Subsidized Industry: 995thMost Inclusive: 1,053rdMost Corrupt Governments: 1,080thSmartest Citizens: 1,235thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,285thMost Influential: 1,359thMost Developed: 1,551stTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 1,743rdMost Cultured: 1,811thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,292ndLongest Average Lifespans: 2,440thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,586thMost Efficient Economies: 3,611thHealthiest Citizens: 3,695thNicest Citizens: 3,806thHighest Average Incomes: 4,357thHighest Economic Output: 4,520thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,850thMost Secular: 6,168thSafest: 8,443rdTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 11,157thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,475thMost Stationary: 12,415thMost Income Equality: 14,820thHighest Drug Use: 16,112thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,822nd
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 13th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the region

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