by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 72nd Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 98th Most Advanced Public Education: 207th
The Dear Leader of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Founder / Deputy Supreme Commissar / Founding Member
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Dear Leader of Vetelo is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Supreme Commissar Attero Dirotskiyy with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, avant-garde cinema, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 8.046 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 1,664 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 206,891 USSD Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle, child labor has been outlawed, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets, and the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon. 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 3,625th in the world and 8th in USSD for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 410.85 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 72ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 98thMost Advanced Public Education: 207thMost Pacifist: 318thHighest Average Tax Rates: 324thLowest Crime Rates: 352ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 367thLargest Governments: 430thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 482ndLargest Welfare Programs: 526thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 888thHighest Poor Incomes: 926thMost Subsidized Industry: 955thMost Corrupt Governments: 987thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,108thMost Developed: 1,402ndMost Secular: 1,480thSmartest Citizens: 1,507thMost Inclusive: 1,525thTop
Most Cultured: 1,828thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,202ndMost Beautiful Environments: 2,484thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,625thMost Influential: 3,989thMost Efficient Economies: 3,991stLongest Average Lifespans: 4,032ndHighest Average Incomes: 4,579thHighest Economic Output: 6,069thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,911thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,245thHealthiest Citizens: 8,323rdTop
Most Income Equality: 9,559thSafest: 9,569thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,432nd
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 19th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 21st in the regionSafest: 28th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Vetelo, the phrase 'spreading like wildfire' is no longer in the public lexicon.
  • : Vetelo endorsed The Allied States of Russian Subsidiaries.
  • : Vetelo altered its national flag.
  • : Vetelo rejected a request from Nova Vynerie for an embassy with USSD.
  • : Following new legislation in Vetelo, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in Vetelo, child labor has been outlawed.
  • : Following new legislation in Vetelo, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle.
  • : Vetelo ejected and banned The Republic of Donalic from USSD.
  • : Vetelo was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Vetelo lodged a message on the USSD Regional Message Board.


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