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

Overview People Government Economy Trend Analysis

The Commonwealth of Valkenstein is a colossal, efficient nation, notable for its compulsory military service, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 9.272 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, with Education and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Spirituality are ignored. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Valkensteiner economy, worth a remarkable 2,932 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 316,225 Syns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,567,070 per year while the poor average 36,184, a ratio of 43.3 to 1.

The entire country is an urban wasteland as the well-to-do commute from space (Valkenstein has found 3 easter eggs), the new 'Things We Stole From Other Countries' exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities is a hit, eight year-olds with lemonade stands have been known to be locked up on charges of embezzlement, and the richest citizens live in sheltered private citadels. 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 7th in Zarathustra and 123,648th in the world for Most Primitive, scoring -504 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 9 days ago

  • 9 days ago: Valkenstein was reclassified from "Capitalizt" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, the richest citizens live in sheltered private citadels.
  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, eight year-olds with lemonade stands have been known to be locked up on charges of embezzlement.
  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, the new 'Things We Stole From Other Countries' exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities is a hit.
  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, the entire country is an urban wasteland as the well-to-do commute from space (Valkenstein has found 3 easter eggs).
  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, the nation refuses to provide international aid.
  • 10 days ago: Valkenstein fell out of the world Top 5% for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • 14 days ago: Valkenstein's influence in Zarathustra rose from "Duckspeaker" to "Envoy".
  • 17 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway.
  • 17 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, citizens are regularly found digging for treasure in their gardens.

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