by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 77th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 98th Most Advanced Public Education: 206th
The Dear Leader of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Founder / Deputy Supreme Commissar / Original Member
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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The Dear Leader of Vetelo is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Supreme Commissar Attero Dirotskiyy with an iron fist, and remarkable for its closed borders, keen interest in outer space, and avant-garde cinema. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 7.716 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 — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Narfingway On-Sea. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Vetelonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,592 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 206,370 USSD Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, conspiracy theorists allege that the government is spying on them through their carbon monoxide detectors, the government has begun selling heroin and ecstasy to help fund its projects, and the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence. 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 frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is a Cult of Personality.

Vetelo is ranked 21,747th in the world and 3rd in USSD for Largest Populations, with 7.72 billion Capita.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 77thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 98thMost Advanced Public Education: 206thMost Pacifist: 310thHighest Average Tax Rates: 342ndLowest Crime Rates: 342ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 362ndLargest Governments: 425thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 515thLargest Welfare Programs: 532ndHighest Poor Incomes: 850thMost Corrupt Governments: 925thMost Subsidized Industry: 937thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 953rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,160thMost Developed: 1,368thMost Inclusive: 1,447thSmartest Citizens: 1,474thTop
Most Cultured: 1,815thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,255thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,701stMost Secular: 2,853rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,491stMost Efficient Economies: 3,908thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,201stHighest Average Incomes: 4,429thHighest Economic Output: 6,206thMost Influential: 6,653rdHealthiest Citizens: 7,796thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,939thTop
Most Income Equality: 8,398thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,400thSafest: 10,307thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,555thMost Authoritarian: 12,816th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 19th in the regionMost Influential: 24th in the regionSafest: 27th in the region

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