by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 583rd Most Advanced Defense Forces: 950th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 954th
The Legend of
Psychotic Dictatorship
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Population14.564 billion

CapitalThe Citadel
LeaderThe Primarch


The Legend of Vortukia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by The Primarch with an iron fist, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, public floggings, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 14.564 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 3,433 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 74,716th in the world and 3,471st in Osiris for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 2,459.12 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Secular: 583rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 950thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 954thMost Efficient Economies: 1,229thLowest Crime Rates: 1,492ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,504thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 1,784thLargest Governments: 2,020thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,308thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,332ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,348thHighest Economic Output: 2,810thLargest Mining Sector: 2,897thSafest: 2,942ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,954thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,961stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,139thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,152ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,489thFattest Citizens: 3,722ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,972ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,716thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,037thSmartest Citizens: 5,294thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,188thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,368thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,993rdLargest Populations: 11,035thMost Avoided: 11,334th
Most Secular: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 46th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 47th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 49th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 54th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 54th in the regionLargest Governments: 65th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 92nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 93rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 95th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 107th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 115th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 117th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 133rd in the regionSafest: 144th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 147th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 181st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 182nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 190th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 206th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 213th in the regionFattest Citizens: 229th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 273rd in the regionLargest Populations: 284th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 343rd in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 413th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 423rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 449th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 511th in the region

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