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Largest Mining Sector: 772nd Safest: 1,197th Largest Insurance Industry: 1,207th
The Dominion of
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Freedom and the Hope of Peace
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Upper Virginia

Population20.798 billion

LeaderAlex Holmes

CurrencyDominion Sov

The Dominion of Upper Virginia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Alex Holmes with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 20.798 billion Upper Virginians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The minute government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Law & Order, although Industry is also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Courtland. The average income tax rate is 1.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Upper Virginian economy, worth a remarkable 4,106 trillion Dominion Sovs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 197,423 Dominion Sovs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Replacement organs are grown in vats, scenic beaches are now protected by massive concrete walls, coffee-addicted citizens look forward to baristas getting their name wrong at local coffee shops, and drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Upper Virginia's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Upper Virginia is ranked 13,198th in the world and 6th in Western Atlantic for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 326.32 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Mining Sector: 772ndSafest: 1,197thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,207thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,216thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,447thMost Efficient Economies: 1,453rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,589thTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,710thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,762ndHighest Economic Output: 2,077thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,761stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,777thMost Avoided: 3,896thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,494thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,851stLargest Populations: 4,876thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,405thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,671stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,713thHighest Average Incomes: 5,953rdTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 8,970thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 10,296thLowest Crime Rates: 11,089thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,398thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,198thLargest Retail Industry: 13,502ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,204thMost Devout: 15,786thHealthiest Citizens: 15,860th
Safest: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the region

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