by Max Barry

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 262nd Largest Mining Sector: 457th Highest Disposable Incomes: 830th
The Imperium of
Father Knows Best State
For Money, Imperialism, and the Valuan Way!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Neo Valua

Population8.792 billion

CapitalUpper City
LeaderImperator Teodora
Faiththe Order of Violet


The Imperium of Neo Valua is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Imperator Teodora with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, flagrant waste-dumping, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.792 billion Valuans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Upper City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Neo Valuan economy, worth a remarkable 2,401 trillion yeligars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 273,167 yeligars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 783,211 per year while the poor average 75,804, a ratio of 10.3 to 1.

Poverty is disloyal to the Motherland, posters encourage people to "Just Do It!", foreign militaries are taking a particular interest in the nation's abandoned borders and cities, and you gots to be part of the Party to get in to the party. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Neo Valua's national animal is the crylhound, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is the Order of Violet.

Neo Valua is ranked 5,433rd in the world and 5th in Eurth for Largest Black Market, with 96.9 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 262ndLargest Mining Sector: 457thHighest Disposable Incomes: 830thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,083rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,130thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,196thMost Avoided: 1,242ndTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,054thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,110thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,154thHighest Average Incomes: 2,172ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,513thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,211thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,226thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,658thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,137thFattest Citizens: 4,510thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,550thHighest Economic Output: 4,562ndLargest Black Market: 5,433rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,585thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,787thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,115thLargest Retail Industry: 6,787thMost Devout: 6,937thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,025thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,126thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,232ndTop
Smartest Citizens: 8,851stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,157thLargest Agricultural Sector: 10,655th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Neo Valua, you gots to be part of the Party to get in to the party.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Valua, foreign militaries are taking a particular interest in the nation's abandoned borders and cities.
  • : Neo Valua was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Valua, posters encourage people to "Just Do It!".
  • : Neo Valua was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Valua, poverty is disloyal to the Motherland.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Valua, flatulent people are left to die of cancer at the end of hospital waiting lists.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Valua, garbage bags floating down the river are churned up by man-made rapids.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Valua, kids refer to anything below the neck as "the parts that shall not be named".
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Valua, virtually all of the country's economic activity takes place in Upper City.


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