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Largest Gambling Industry: 967thHighest Crime Rates: 994thMost Armed: 1,277th
The Holy Empire of
Benevolent Dictatorship
Praise the Elder Gods
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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THE V0ID

Population770 million

CapitalEldritch Rift
LeaderBeelzebub

CurrencySouls
AnimalPurple worm

The Holy Empire of THE V0ID is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Beelzebub with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, ritual sacrifices, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 770 million V0IDians enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Eldritch Rift. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.5%.

The frighteningly efficient V0IDian economy, worth 126 trillion Souls a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Retail, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 164,249 Souls, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,009,950 per year while the poor average 11,658, a ratio of 86.6 to 1.

International tensions are high as THE V0ID threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens, children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-Souls charge on their phone bill, failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside, and the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. THE V0ID's national animal is the Purple worm, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

THE V0ID is ranked 2,688th in the world and 43rd in The East Pacific for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 156,857.8 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 967thHighest Crime Rates: 994thMost Armed: 1,277thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,845thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,908thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,118thMost Avoided: 2,406thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,688thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,721stFattest Citizens: 2,758thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,461stRudest Citizens: 4,100thLargest Retail Industry: 5,554thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,064thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,493rdLargest Insurance Industry: 6,701stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,026thMost Influential: 7,466thMost Efficient Economies: 8,098thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,702ndMost Corrupt Governments: 10,280thLargest Mining Sector: 10,370thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,800thHighest Average Incomes: 11,257thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,821stTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 13,010thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,176thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,038thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,632ndMost Pro-Market: 20,810thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,286th
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Highest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 25th in the regionMost Armed: 32nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 34th in the regionMost Avoided: 40th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 41st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 43rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 49th in the regionFattest Citizens: 59th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 85th in the regionTop
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 109th in the regionRudest Citizens: 115th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 162nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 165th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 166th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 195th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 202nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 223rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 226th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 279th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 287th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 297th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 314th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 335th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 344th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 369th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 379th in the regionNudest: 407th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 426th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 483rd in the regionMost Influential: 532nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 646th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 856th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : THE V0ID was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided and the Top 5% for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in THE V0ID, the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service.
  • : Following new legislation in THE V0ID, failed genetic experiments wreak havoc as they roam the countryside.
  • : Following new legislation in THE V0ID, children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-Souls charge on their phone bill.
  • : Following new legislation in THE V0ID, international tensions are high as THE V0ID threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in THE V0ID, the roar of the Niagara 3000 mega-loo can be heard several blocks away.
  • : Following new legislation in THE V0ID, all alcohol is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in THE V0ID, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : THE V0ID was endorsed by The Kingdom of Espeon LD.
  • : THE V0ID changed its national leader to "Beelzebub".

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 105 » Zukchiva, Mays Austrian Nation, EHTYCSCYTHE, Arunika, Debluu, Wallenburg, A mean old man, Gunov, VW53Aland, Rainbow Vests, Axdel, Brotherland, East Malaysia, Evrigenis, Headpat Central, Oofery, Dragons Blood, Lyontisia, Under Upper Antartica, Ridann, Asendavia, Sunsistan, United Socialist States of Amerika, Republic of Berzerkistan, Goodnamesarerare, Lanagon, Wiranath, Elejamie, The Almighty Country, Firenation91, Cameronia Excellentia, North Insomnia, Roliganistan, Peatiktist, A Slanted Black Stripe, The Empire of Rijelv, The Solar Ottomans, Imperial Akatsuki, Adavan, Drunken Seal Islands, Seri Tai Republic, Taurora, Talitoa, Kangarawa, Barfleur, ReeK, Kucia, Insi Karai, New Leganes, Trimmania, and 55 others.Tretrid, Enlil, Duracell, Zidium, Bai Lung, La xinga, Kilkire, H-Zhena, Kaigi, Davinhia, Marrabuk, BearStackof2015, Freedom Fascists, Amjedia, Enou, Dahom, Rhealaliit, Kampf Empire, Servants of Gizmo, Grossvietnam, Federated States of Zootron, Ripsylvania, Dragonia, Unger under over, Wizardonia, The Soviet Space Commie Union, Sen Jast, Harro Waarudho, United China Nation, HinduRashtr, Aeljae, Joundia, Interdimensional Waifus, Sansangra, Broengtopia, Riveraland, Wanabe, Socialist Holy American Empire, Roissyland, Outer Verron Swicia Islands, Fellon, Santa Dystopia, FreedomIand, CopyCato, Eastern Alksearia, Great Aztlatan CommonWealth, Bytes, Argentianworkslasia, Modra, Slys Paws, Greater New Cassandra, Lorrana, Biingus, The Three States of Fortuna, and Espeon LD.

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