by Max Barry

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 100thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 111thRudest Citizens: 208th
The Machiavellian State of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Shut up and have a beer!
John Kaiser
Eminence Grise
Minister of Economics/Vice Minister of Defense
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Gothic Vandelia

Population4.999 billion

LeaderJohn Kaiser


The Machiavellian State of Gothic Vandelia is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by John Kaiser with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, keen interest in outer space, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 4.999 billion Gothic Vandelians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Deep13. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 89.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Gothic Vandelian economy, worth a remarkable 2,455 trillion Rand a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 491,283 Rand, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,783,010 per year while the poor average 96,409, a ratio of 18.5 to 1.

The world outside is only known of in folklore, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students, exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles, and nose plugs are the latest Gothic Vandelian fashion accessory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Gothic Vandelia's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Norse.

Gothic Vandelia is ranked 222,591st in the world and 43rd in Novus Lucidum for Most Devout, with 2.28 Prayers Per Hour.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 100thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 111thRudest Citizens: 208thLargest Information Technology Sector: 237thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 286thHighest Average Incomes: 314thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 368thMost Subsidized Industry: 470thMost Scientifically Advanced: 471stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 484thLargest Agricultural Sector: 511thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 524thMost Armed: 569thMost Efficient Economies: 615thMost Valuable International Artwork: 635thLargest Black Market: 693rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 805thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,329thLargest Retail Industry: 1,402ndSmartest Citizens: 1,661stLargest Governments: 1,799thTop
Most Secular: 2,411thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,429thMost Developed: 2,569thLargest Mining Sector: 2,588thMost Influential: 3,325thMost Cultured: 4,632ndHighest Economic Output: 5,473rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,514thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,389thLowest Crime Rates: 9,594thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,328thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,632ndTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 12,257thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,568thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,346thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,476thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,847thLargest Insurance Industry: 21,523rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21,544thFattest Citizens: 22,013th
Most Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the region

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