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Victim Of Circumstance

Population1.862 billion


The Fiefdom of Victim Of Circumstance is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.862 billion Victim Of Circumstanceans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government prioritizes Administration, although Law & Order, Defense, and Education are also considered important, while International Aid receives no funds. The average income tax rate is 36.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Victim Of Circumstancean economy, worth 81.8 trillion guilders a year, is dominated by the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration, Cheese Exports, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 43,944 guilders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Police regularly arrest families playing Monopoly, immigrants are required to salute the flag five times a day, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons', and advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Victim Of Circumstance's national animal is the penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Victim Of Circumstance is ranked 70,258th in the world and 1st in Europsia for Most Developed, scoring 59.98 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Mining Sector: 8,463rd
Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the region

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