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The Commonwealth of Valkenstein

“Af ehn, Magyr”

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

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Zarathustra

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The Commonwealth of Valkenstein is a colossal, economically powerful nation, renowned for its complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 9.072 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 are ignored. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Valkensteiner economy, worth a remarkable 2,899 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 319,567 Syns, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,583,633 per year while the poor average 36,567, a ratio of 43.3 to 1.

Protests are legal but strictly supervised, major internet servers have acquired citizenship, the tenet of free speech is held dear, and ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools. 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 8th in Zarathustra and 106,121st in the world for Most Authoritarian, with 0.012 Stalins.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 11 days ago

  • 1 day 23 hours ago: Valkenstein was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector (last census: Top 1%).
  • 2 days ago: Valkenstein fell out of the regional Top 10% for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • 7 days ago: Valkenstein was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided (last census: Top 5%).
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, ethnic minorities are often refused admission to some of the nation's best schools.
  • 11 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, the tenet of free speech is held dear.
  • 21 days ago: Valkenstein fell out of the regional Top 10% for Most Cultured.
  • 29 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, major internet servers have acquired citizenship.
  • 29 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, protests are legal but strictly supervised.
  • 29 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, urban high-volume mailers now receive their mail via chauffeur-driven limousines.
  • 29 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, inheritance tax has recently been abolished.

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