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Most Devout: 5,108th Largest Publishing Industry: 8,442nd Most Cultured: 11,528th
The Westphalian Kingdom of
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Population4.864 billion

LeaderBrion Haldane

AnimalPanthera Leo

The Westphalian Kingdom of Vlandia1 is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Brion Haldane with an iron fist, and notable for its flagrant waste-dumping, frequent executions, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.864 billion Vlandians 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rhemuth. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Vlandian economy, worth 528 trillion Westphals a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Information Technology. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 108,617 Westphals, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 363,325 per year while the poor average 24,137, a ratio of 15.1 to 1.

Small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend, the nation's taxpayers pay for foreign government's extravagances, and Blueriver mercenaries routinely do the army's dirty work. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vlandia1's national animal is the Panthera Leo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Vlandia1 is ranked 12,198th in the world and 7th in Union of Liberal Nations for Most Developed, scoring 83.89 on the Human Development Index.

Most Devout: 5,108thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 8,442ndMost Cultured: 11,528thMost Developed: 12,198thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,583rdLargest Black Market: 13,118thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,838thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,976thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,296thHealthiest Citizens: 14,312thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,017thMost Corrupt Governments: 15,282ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,587thMost Efficient Economies: 15,703rdLowest Crime Rates: 16,635thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,774th
Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the region

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