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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 136thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 159thMost Devout: 161st
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
With God, for Emperor and Fatherland
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population19.28 billion

LeaderEmperor Constantine I
FaithRoman Catholicism

AnimalWhite-tailed Eagle

The Empire of Valcouria is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Emperor Constantine I with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, sprawling nuclear power plants, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 19.28 billion Valcourians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bainbridge. The average income tax rate is 8.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Valcourian economy, worth a remarkable 7,493 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 388,683 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary, where your food came from is an unknowable mystery, ample hospital parking is half-filled by the luxury cars of hospital managers, and you're never too young to learn how to lie with confidence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Valcouria's national animal is the White-tailed Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Valcouria is ranked 655th in the world and 1st in Anteria for Most Developed, scoring 98.66 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 136thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 159thMost Devout: 161stLargest Agricultural Sector: 198thSafest: 303rdLowest Crime Rates: 312thHighest Disposable Incomes: 367thMost Cultured: 467thMost Efficient Economies: 488thLargest Publishing Industry: 495thMost Cheerful Citizens: 572ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 581stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 582ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 629thMost Developed: 655thLongest Average Lifespans: 744thHealthiest Citizens: 749thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 841stHighest Average Incomes: 875thHighest Economic Output: 952ndSmartest Citizens: 1,110thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,119thLargest Governments: 1,471stLargest Retail Industry: 1,493rdHighest Poor Incomes: 1,809thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 2,936thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,958thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,525thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,544thMost Influential: 3,943rdMost Beautiful Environments: 4,250thBest Weather: 5,350thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,040thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,060thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,096thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,714thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,898thLargest Populations: 8,373rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,421stNicest Citizens: 9,718thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,192ndLargest Mining Sector: 11,495thTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,864thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,015thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,393rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,486thLargest Information Technology Sector: 22,418th
Most Cultured: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 24th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 24th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 24th in the regionNicest Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 26th in the regionMost Stationary: 27th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Valcouria, you're never too young to learn how to lie with confidence.
  • : Following new legislation in Valcouria, ample hospital parking is half-filled by the luxury cars of hospital managers.
  • : Following new legislation in Valcouria, where your food came from is an unknowable mystery.
  • : Valcouria voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Quebecshire".
  • : Valcouria voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Convicted Voters".
  • : Following new legislation in Valcouria, feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary.
  • : Following new legislation in Valcouria, parents often ask to see a credit report before lending money to their own children.
  • : Following new legislation in Valcouria, the nation is famous for bravely sending wave after wave of its soldiers until the enemy runs out of bullets.
  • : Following new legislation in Valcouria, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Valcouria, sections of the police receive paramilitary training.


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