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Most Subsidized Industry: 602ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 796thLargest Black Market: 870th
The Armed Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Voswen

Population8.622 billion

CapitalAvristead
LeaderExecutive Chairman David Rosenberg
FaithChairmanism

CurrencyJeul
AnimalEmu

The Armed Republic of Voswen is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Executive Chairman David Rosenberg with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, public floggings, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.622 billion Voswenians 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Avristead. The average income tax rate is 93.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Voswenian economy, worth a remarkable 2,408 trillion Jeuls a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 279,322 Jeuls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

Professionals are ready to retire by the time they receive permission to use their credentials, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts, tourists call Voswenian beach towns "the fine coastline", and the nation's new currency features full-length portraits of Executive Chairman David Rosenberg in ermine and velvet garb. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Voswen's national animal is the Emu, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Chairmanism.

Voswen is ranked 1,992nd in the world and 8th in Texas for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 53,198.5 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 602ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 796thLargest Black Market: 870thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,625thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,960thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,992ndTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,500thHighest Average Incomes: 2,621stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,679thMost Efficient Economies: 2,985thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,680thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,846thMost Patriotic: 4,882ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,952ndLargest Governments: 5,471stLowest Crime Rates: 5,812thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,946thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,177thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,764thHighest Economic Output: 6,792ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,669thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,366thMost Developed: 8,500thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,533rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8,671stLargest Mining Sector: 9,435thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,188thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,456thMost Authoritarian: 12,115thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,760thMost Devout: 15,141stBest Weather: 15,171stLargest Insurance Industry: 15,729thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,926thSmartest Citizens: 15,936thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,816thMost Conservative: 18,871stLargest Welfare Programs: 20,626th
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Most Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionMost Patriotic: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Conservative: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionMost Extreme: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Voswen's influence in Texas rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Voswen was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Voswen, the nation's new currency features full-length portraits of Executive Chairman David Rosenberg in ermine and velvet garb.
  • : Following new legislation in Voswen, tourists call Voswenian beach towns "the fine coastline".
  • : Following new legislation in Voswen, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Voswen, professionals are ready to retire by the time they receive permission to use their credentials.
  • : Following new legislation in Voswen, citizens who don't follow Chairmanism are closely monitored for signs of self-harm.
  • : Following new legislation in Voswen, official medical guidelines insist that childbirth is 'almost totally painless'.
  • : Following new legislation in Voswen, Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget.
  • : Following new legislation in Voswen, a stocking with a crooked seam or a tie without a full Windsor knot are grounds for instant dismissal.

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