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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,481stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,604thMost Influential: 1,711th
The Martian Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
Long live the Vers Empire
Queen Asseylum Vers Allusia II
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Middle Vers

Population3.83 billion

CapitalMineros
LeaderQueen Asseylum Vers Allusia II
FaithVioletism

CurrencyVersian credit
AnimalTerran

The Martian Empire of Middle Vers is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Queen Asseylum Vers Allusia II with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, ritual sacrifices, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.83 billion Versians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mineros. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 64.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Versian economy, worth 808 trillion Versian credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 211,163 Versian credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 937,621 per year while the poor average 29,649, a ratio of 31.6 to 1.

Not showing enough enthusiasm for mutual assured destruction is a court-martial offence, the navy plans patrols according to how many pubs nearby ports have, the intelligence community is playing 4-D chess with an imaginary spy network, and adultery has been made a capital offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Middle Vers's national animal is the Terran, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Violetism.

Middle Vers is ranked 176,351st in the world and 374th in First World Order for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -5.48 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,481stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,604thMost Influential: 1,711thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,800thMost Devout: 1,935thMost Armed: 2,095thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,161stTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,430thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,562ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,617thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,037thMost Avoided: 4,599thLargest Black Market: 4,768thHighest Average Incomes: 5,449thLargest Mining Sector: 5,653rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,870thLowest Crime Rates: 6,671stMost Conservative: 7,112thMost Efficient Economies: 7,139thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,140thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,218thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,990thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,034thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,275thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,494thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,970thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 11,969thMost Developed: 12,458thLargest Governments: 13,670thMost Cultured: 14,270thMost Authoritarian: 18,351stSmartest Citizens: 19,106thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 19,347thHighest Economic Output: 21,269thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,041st
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Most Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 19th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 22nd in the regionMost Conservative: 24th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 29th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 33rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 37th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 48th in the region

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