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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,518thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,197thMost Influential: 2,739th
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Valansten

Population1.366 billion

CapitalKötenberg
LeaderEmperor Frederick Albert I

CurrencySteinder
AnimalEagle

The Empire of Valansten is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Frederick Albert I with a fair hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The democratic population of 1.366 billion Valanstenians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Healthcare, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kötenberg. The average income tax rate is 63.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Valanstenian economy, worth 168 trillion Steinders a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 123,206 Steinders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens, tourists outnumber citizens two to one, and crackheads chase drug-loaded drones in hopes of a lucky drop. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Valansten's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Valansten is ranked 106,308th in the world and 5,005th in the South Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 36.79 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1,518thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,197thTop
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Most Influential: 2,739thTop
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Most Developed: 14,962ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,986thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,757thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,130thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,181stLargest Welfare Programs: 19,894thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 19,934thHealthiest Citizens: 20,668thMost Patriotic: 20,693rdHighest Food Quality: 20,950thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21,262ndMost Efficient Economies: 21,264thSmartest Citizens: 22,451stHighest Poor Incomes: 23,224thMost Secular: 23,282ndHighest Average Incomes: 24,650thMost Beautiful Environments: 25,176thMost Cultured: 25,194thLargest Governments: 26,419th
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 38th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 286th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 332nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 452nd in the regionMost Developed: 462nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 512th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 539th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 563rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 567th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 592nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 602nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 618th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 629th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 643rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 666th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 678th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 683rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 696th in the regionLargest Governments: 721st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 729th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 729th in the regionMost Secular: 765th in the regionMost Cultured: 768th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 791st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 826th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 897th in the regionBest Weather: 911th in the regionRudest Citizens: 976th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,010th in the regionMost Inclusive: 1,010th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1,030th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,044th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,176th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,227th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1,231st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Valansten was endorsed by The Allied States of Driodal.
  • : Valansten voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Confederacy of Layem".
  • : Valansten voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Safe Disposal of Nuclear Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Valansten, crackheads chase drug-loaded drones in hopes of a lucky drop.
  • : Following new legislation in Valansten, tourists outnumber citizens two to one.
  • : Following new legislation in Valansten, crowded passenger trains are near-silent save for the soft tap of fingers on touchscreens.
  • : Valansten was endorsed by The Republic of Antwerpen1.
  • : Valansten was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Valansten was endorsed by The Kingdom of Shadeth.
  • : Following new legislation in Valansten, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations.

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