The Commonwealth of
Capitalist Paradise
Af ehn, Magyr
Regional Influence
Envoy
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The Commonwealth of Valkenstein is a colossal, efficient nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, barren, inhospitable landscape, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 9.757 billion Valkensteiners are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality aren't funded at all. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Valkensteiner economy, worth a remarkable 3,108 trillion Syns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 318,630 Syns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,544,666 per year while the poor average 38,045, a ratio of 40.6 to 1.

Vanity is considered the fifth cardinal virtue, warfare increasingly resembles a video game, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Valkenstein City, and the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists. Crime is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Valkenstein's national animal is the Pheonix, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Valkenstein is ranked 6th in Zarathustra and 1,689th in the world for Shortest Average Lifespan, scoring 43 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 11 days ago

  • 3 days 4 hours ago: Valkenstein was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • 6 days ago: Valkenstein was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Armed (last census: Top 5%).
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, the armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Valkenstein City.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, warfare increasingly resembles a video game.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, vanity is considered the fifth cardinal virtue.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, almost half of the child population live rough on the streets.
  • 12 days ago: Valkenstein was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden (last census: Top 5%).
  • 13 days ago: Valkenstein was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Dedicated Public Healthcare.
  • 19 days ago: Valkenstein fell out of the world Top 10% for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.

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