by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 576th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 944th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 949th
The Legend of
Psychotic Dictatorship
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Population14.552 billion

CapitalThe Citadel
LeaderThe Primarch


The Legend of Vortukia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by The Primarch with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, avant-garde cinema, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 14.552 billion Vortukians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Citadel. The average income tax rate is 96.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Vortukian economy, worth a remarkable 3,430 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an amazing 235,753 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nobody ever questions the unquestioned rule that questions must always be asked, the decision to be oppressed is now made democratically, the deceased are buried mostly to hide them from state-sanctioned corpse-collectors, and pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vortukia's national animal is the Phoenix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is nothing.

Vortukia is ranked 16,955th in the world and 510th in Osiris for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Most Secular: 576thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 944thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 949thMost Efficient Economies: 1,225thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,484thLowest Crime Rates: 1,491stTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 1,771stLargest Governments: 2,018thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,297thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,307thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,325thHighest Economic Output: 2,805thLargest Mining Sector: 2,864thSafest: 2,954thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,955thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,960thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,099thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,127thHighest Average Incomes: 3,474thFattest Citizens: 3,675thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,924thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,708thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,045thSmartest Citizens: 5,294thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,169thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,361stTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,955thLargest Populations: 11,015thMost Avoided: 11,250th
Most Secular: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 49th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 49th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 52nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 55th in the regionLargest Governments: 68th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 89th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 92nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 96th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 108th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 110th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 112th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 133rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 144th in the regionSafest: 145th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 174th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 175th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 185th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 203rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 213th in the regionFattest Citizens: 218th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 261st in the regionLargest Populations: 284th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 351st in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 416th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 428th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 443rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 510th in the regionMost Avoided: 710th in the region

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