by Max Barry

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Most Rebellious Youth: 3,974thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,285thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,094th
The Principality of
Left-wing Utopia
Ex Principe, Lux
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.341 billion

Currencyguilder sterling

The Principality of Vaarshire is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.341 billion Vaars are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Vaar economy, worth 194 trillion guilder sterlings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 44,755 guilder sterlings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Back-alley circumcision clinics are popping up all over the nation, high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate, prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned significant others, and it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vaarshire's national animal is the lynx, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Vaarshire is ranked 10,411th in the world and 1st in The Western Reaches for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,794.42 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Rebellious Youth: 3,974thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,285thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,094thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,021stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,421stMost Cultured: 8,640thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,691stMost Pacifist: 8,999thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,411thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,551stNicest Citizens: 10,680thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 11,359thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,381stHealthiest Citizens: 12,423rdMost Beautiful Environments: 12,858thBest Weather: 14,739thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,747thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,111thLargest Governments: 18,192ndSmartest Citizens: 18,820thSafest: 20,395th

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