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Largest Gambling Industry: 438thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,308thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,438th
The People's Republic of
New York Times Democracy Corporate-Dominated Sham Democracy
And nothing of value was lost
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Vas Normandy

Population20.139 billion

CapitalKrastanza
LeaderSupreme Commander Ron Pal
FaithThe McKenna

CurrencyBelka
AnimalAigaion

The People's Republic of Vas Normandy is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Supreme Commander Ron Pal with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 20.139 billion Vas Normandyians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Krastanza. The average income tax rate is 34.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Vas Normandyian economy, worth a remarkable 4,064 trillion Belkas a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Gambling, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 201,834 Belkas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Foreign converts are illuminated by both missionaries and helicopter searchlights, the road to capitalism has proved an epic drama of adventure and exploration, male friends are often accompanied by a female relative in order to prove their 'straightness', and third world countries are rich in "I Love Krastanza" t-shirts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Vas Normandy's national animal is the Aigaion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The McKenna.

Vas Normandy is ranked 89,299th in the world and 2,355th in the Rejected Realms for Most Average, scoring 39.16 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 438thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,308thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,438thLargest Black Market: 1,711thRudest Citizens: 1,796thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,237thHighest Economic Output: 2,607thMost Armed: 2,760thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,115thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,743rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,829thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,126thBest Weather: 4,681stMost Influential: 4,742ndMost Developed: 4,781stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,952ndMost Efficient Economies: 4,967thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,297thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,707thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,831stHighest Average Incomes: 6,146thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,228thLargest Populations: 6,304thMost Stationary: 6,626thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,846thSmartest Citizens: 7,557thLargest Mining Sector: 8,497thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,938thTop
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Largest Governments: 14,013thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,495thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,445th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 23rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 45th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 54th in the regionMost Influential: 59th in the regionRudest Citizens: 61st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 61st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 71st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 72nd in the regionMost Armed: 79th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 84th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 93rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 99th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 100th in the regionLargest Populations: 103rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 107th in the regionMost Developed: 114th in the regionBest Weather: 122nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 136th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 139th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 146th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 148th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 155th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 159th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 174th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 184th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 311th in the regionLargest Governments: 330th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 379th in the regionMost Politically Free: 394th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 409th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 456th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 464th in the regionMost Cultured: 500th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 520th in the region

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