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Rudest Citizens: 81stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 113thLargest Retail Industry: 119th
The Empire of
Corporate Bordello Patriotic Business Zone
Homines mulieresque imperium venerantur
Influence
Squire
Defense Secretary
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Vantier

Population5.692 billion

CapitalAmpuries
LeaderEdward Schwarzenberg
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyGold Dion
AnimalKiller whale

The Empire of Vantier is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Edward Schwarzenberg with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, free-roaming dinosaurs, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 5.692 billion Vants are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The tiny, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ampuries. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Vantierian economy, worth a remarkable 2,209 trillion Gold Dions a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Soda Sales. Average income is an amazing 388,160 Gold Dions, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,607,128 per year while the poor average 3,856, a ratio of 935 to 1.

Bars are packed at all hours, billions of Gold Dions are being blown on orbital weapons development, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes, and heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, probably because of the absence of a police force. Vantier's national animal is the Killer whale, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Vantier is ranked 2,670th in the world and 1st in Liberal Democratic Union for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 66.11 Whatever.

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Rudest Citizens: 81stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 113thLargest Retail Industry: 119thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 137thMost Armed: 169thFattest Citizens: 208thMost Avoided: 219thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 224thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 238thHighest Crime Rates: 249thHighest Disposable Incomes: 301stMost Efficient Economies: 419thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 471stLargest Gambling Industry: 742ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 767thLargest Insurance Industry: 836thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 881stMost Scientifically Advanced: 927thHighest Average Incomes: 1,036thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,153rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,609thLargest Mining Sector: 1,678thMost Secular: 2,073rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,150thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,185thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,261stMost Subsidized Industry: 2,614thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,670thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,134thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,368thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,600thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,844thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,399thSmartest Citizens: 5,214thLargest Governments: 6,639thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,914thHighest Economic Output: 8,867thMost Patriotic: 14,935thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 18,037thMost Pro-Market: 26,835thLargest Black Market: 29,115th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionMost Patriotic: 7th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Vantier lodged a message on the Liberal Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Vantier lodged a message on the Liberal Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantier, heavily-armed commandos play rock-paper-scissors over whether to execute criminals and foreign visitors.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantier, Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantier, billions of Gold Dions are being blown on orbital weapons development.
  • : Vantier lodged a message on the Liberal Democratic Union Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantier, bars are packed at all hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantier, the government is well known for declaring war on other countries for suspected slights.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantier, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy'.
  • : Following new legislation in Vantier, science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous.

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