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Best Weather: 641stMost Influential: 651stLeast Corrupt Governments: 818th
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The Void Territories

Population9.776 billion

LeaderPresident Sophia T Hibiscus-Fortuna


The Democratic Republic of The Void Territories is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by President Sophia T Hibiscus-Fortuna with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic population of 9.776 billion Voids love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ylvern. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Voidian economy, worth a remarkable 1,244 trillion Novas a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 127,343 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, and the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Void Territories's national animal is the Squid, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

The Void Territories is ranked 299,548th in the world and 314th in Forest for Most Primitive, scoring -476.11 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Best Weather: 641stMost Influential: 651stLeast Corrupt Governments: 818thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,161stMost Pacifist: 1,166thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,330thNicest Citizens: 1,375thSafest: 1,627thHealthiest Citizens: 1,701stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,758thMost Inclusive: 1,955thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,129thHighest Food Quality: 2,857thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,116thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,161stLowest Crime Rates: 4,347thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,450thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,487thSmartest Citizens: 5,223rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,352ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,446thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,543rdMost Advanced Public Education: 7,807thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,186thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,261stHighest Poor Incomes: 9,698thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,142ndLargest Governments: 12,059thMost Secular: 13,676thMost Stationary: 14,094thTop
Highest Economic Output: 17,758thMost Developed: 18,423rdMost Income Equality: 19,028thHighest Average Incomes: 24,365thMost Cultured: 28,307th
Least Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Pacifist: 20th in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionMost Influential: 26th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 26th in the regionSafest: 27th in the regionNicest Citizens: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 30th in the region

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