by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,215thMost Influential: 6,050thSafest: 8,361st
The United Socialist States of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
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Population1.338 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Roderick Lockwood


The United Socialist States of Vessarlian is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Prime Minister Roderick Lockwood with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, irreverence towards religion, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.338 billion Vessarlans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rocaster. The average income tax rate is 77.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Vessarlan economy, worth 53.4 trillion Septims a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 39,889 Septims, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Carefully-staged grief is displayed by Prime Minister Roderick Lockwood after national disasters, police aim to defeat hatred with love with their "hugs-for-thugs" program, under love's heavy burden Prime Minister Roderick Lockwood sinks lower in the political right's esteem, and political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vessarlian's national animal is the Okapi, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheist.

Vessarlian is ranked 219,250th in the world and 7,429th in The East Pacific for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.34 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,215thTop
Most Influential: 6,050thSafest: 8,361stMost Pacifist: 8,625thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 15,990thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,362ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,575thNicest Citizens: 17,098thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,653rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,558thBest Weather: 19,810thMost Inclusive: 20,750thLeast Corrupt Governments: 20,753rdMost Income Equality: 21,607thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,792ndMost Beautiful Environments: 22,468thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,787thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 23,265th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 169th in the regionSafest: 265th in the regionMost Pacifist: 292nd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 461st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 461st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 522nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 532nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 549th in the regionNicest Citizens: 564th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 572nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 580th in the regionBest Weather: 621st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 672nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 679th in the regionMost Inclusive: 711th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 711th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 736th in the regionMost Cultured: 760th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 770th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 778th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 834th in the region

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