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Most Advanced Public Transport: 66th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 84th Most Advanced Public Education: 206th
The Dear Leader of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Founder / Deputy Supreme Commissar / Founding Member
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population8.996 billion

LeaderSupreme Commissar Attero Dirotskiyy
Faitha Cult of Personality

CurrencyUSSD Credit
AnimalYakut Kiwi

The Dear Leader of Vetelo is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Supreme Commissar Attero Dirotskiyy with an iron fist, and remarkable for its smutty television, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 8.996 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, well-organized morass — prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Law & Order, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense 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 1,897 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 and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 210,964 USSD Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Vetelo is notorious for its citizens' infidelity, young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, and the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools. 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 97,441st in the world and 118th in USSD for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 1,207.23 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 66thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 84thMost Advanced Public Education: 206thMost Pacifist: 272ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 293rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 316thLowest Crime Rates: 318thLargest Governments: 422ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 435thLargest Welfare Programs: 469thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 578thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 884thMost Subsidized Industry: 919thMost Corrupt Governments: 960thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,168thMost Secular: 1,204thMost Inclusive: 1,230thSmartest Citizens: 1,423rdMost Developed: 1,462ndMost Cultured: 1,749thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 1,989thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,912thMost Influential: 3,033rdMost Efficient Economies: 3,906thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,921stHighest Average Incomes: 4,535thHealthiest Citizens: 4,647thHighest Economic Output: 5,476thNicest Citizens: 6,210thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 9,490thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,892ndSafest: 12,916thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,704thMost Income Equality: 14,212th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 12th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 19th in the region

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