by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 61stMost Advanced Public Education: 79thMost Advanced Public Transport: 83rd
The Grand Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Peace, Justice, Progress
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Vista Major

Population11.723 billion

CapitalSonoma Coast
LeaderAlexand Vox


The Grand Republic of Vista Major is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Alexand Vox with a fair hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, soft-spoken computers, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.723 billion Vistonians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Education, with Welfare, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sonoma Coast. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Vistonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,481 trillion Aurics 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 led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 211,688 Aurics, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose, and science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous. Crime is totally unknown. Vista Major's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Vista Major is ranked 5,394th in the world and 295th in Lazarus for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 535.22 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 61stMost Advanced Public Education: 79thMost Advanced Public Transport: 83rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 210thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 213thNicest Citizens: 244thMost Rebellious Youth: 258thMost Compassionate Citizens: 300thMost Inclusive: 306thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 309thHighest Food Quality: 322ndMost Cultured: 330thLeast Corrupt Governments: 354thMost Pacifist: 387thMost Subsidized Industry: 397thHighest Average Tax Rates: 559thMost Developed: 717thLongest Average Lifespans: 789thLargest Governments: 831stSmartest Citizens: 905thHealthiest Citizens: 971stMost Efficient Economies: 985thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,240thSafest: 1,256thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,951stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,331stTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,663rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,847thBest Weather: 5,276thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,394thHighest Average Incomes: 6,380thHighest Economic Output: 7,449thMost Secular: 10,204thNudest: 11,134thTop
Most Income Equality: 15,479thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,187th
Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 16th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 24th in the regionMost Developed: 26th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 30th in the regionLargest Governments: 32nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 35th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 44th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 51st in the regionSafest: 57th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 74th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 78th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 109th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 250th in the regionBest Weather: 267th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 295th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 296th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 355th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 367th in the regionNudest: 401st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 422nd in the regionMost Secular: 501st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 566th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Vista Major's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Vista Major's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Vista Major was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, Highest Food Quality, and Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Vista Major was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Vista Major ceased to exist in The Phoenix Concordat.
  • : Vista Major was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Zombies and Most Dead.
  • : Vista Major was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Vista Major was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Vista Major was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Vista Major was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.