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The Commonwealth of Valkenstein

“Af ehn, Magyr”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Zarathustra

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The Commonwealth of Valkenstein is a colossal, cultured nation, renowned for its compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 8.164 billion Valkensteinians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, corrupt, pro-business individuals concentrates mainly on Defence, although Education and Law & Order are secondary priorities. Income tax is unheard of. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Information Technology industry, followed by Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing.

Foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle, Humongo-Mart's Beef 'n Pheonix Lasagne is a hit, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, and private business has started paving paradises and putting up parking lots. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Valkenstein's national animal is the Pheonix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the Syn.

Valkenstein is ranked 3rd in Zarathustra and 902nd in the world for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 13 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 12 days ago

  • 17 hours ago: Valkenstein fell out of the regional Top 10% for Largest Trout Fishing Sector.
  • 3 days 17 hours ago: Valkenstein fell out of the regional Top 10% for Most Cultured.
  • 5 days ago: Valkenstein's influence in Zarathustra rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • 8 days ago: Valkenstein was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Unemployment Rates (last census: Top 1%).
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, private business has started paving paradises and putting up parking lots.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, Humongo-Mart's Beef 'n Pheonix Lasagne is a hit.
  • 20 days ago: Valkenstein's influence in Zarathustra rose from "Minnow" to "Vassal".
  • 33 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle.
  • 33 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, the public health bureaucracy is wrapped in miles of red tape.

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