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The Commonwealth of Valkenstein

“Af ehn, Magyr”

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

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Zarathustra

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The Commonwealth of Valkenstein is a colossal, economically powerful nation, renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 8.472 billion Valkensteiners 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 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.

Waste is frequently shipped to other countries, eminent domain has been abolished, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat, and politicians are losing their jobs in a plan to make the government 'leaner and fitter'. 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 5th in Zarathustra and 2,312th in the world for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 161 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 8 days ago

  • 8 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, politicians are losing their jobs in a plan to make the government 'leaner and fitter'.
  • 8 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat.
  • 8 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, eminent domain has been abolished.
  • 8 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, waste is frequently shipped to other countries.
  • 14 days ago: Valkenstein was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Most Cultured.
  • 21 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit.
  • 21 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Valkenstein.
  • 21 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous.
  • 21 days ago: Following new legislation in Valkenstein, artists are pillars of society.
  • 22 days ago: Valkenstein changed its national demonym to "Valkensteiner" and its demonym adjective to "Valkensteiner".

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