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Most Devout: 5,316thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,866thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,217th
The Westphalian Kingdom of
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Population5.484 billion

LeaderBrion Haldane

AnimalPanthera Leo

The Westphalian Kingdom of Vlandia1 is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Brion Haldane with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, strictly enforced bedtime, and compulsory vegetarianism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.484 billion Vlandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rhemuth. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Vlandian economy, worth 591 trillion Westphals a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Information Technology. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 107,835 Westphals, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 360,710 per year while the poor average 23,963, a ratio of 15.1 to 1.

Fur coats have become the latest fashion trend, the nation's taxpayers pay for foreign government's extravagances, Blueriver mercenaries routinely do the army's dirty work, and the police double as repo men. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vlandia1's national animal is the Panthera Leo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Vlandia1 is ranked 166,565th in the world and 24th in The Hope Federation for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -11.83 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Devout: 5,316thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 8,866thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,217thMost Cultured: 11,502ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,781stMost Developed: 13,467thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,904thHealthiest Citizens: 14,314thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,535thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,153rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,998thLargest Black Market: 16,071stMost Efficient Economies: 16,281stMost Corrupt Governments: 16,345thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,359thLowest Crime Rates: 16,609thBest Weather: 17,379th
Most Devout: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the region

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