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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,408thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,760thMost Inclusive: 5,140th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Long Live the Republic!
Influence
Duckspeaker
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Valdez Islands

Population6.142 billion

CapitalPuerto Valdes
LeaderFerdinand Ortiz

CurrencyValdezian Peso
AnimalRua

The Republic of Valdez Islands is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Ferdinand Ortiz with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, ban on automobiles, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.142 billion Valdezians 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 large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Puerto Valdes. The average income tax rate is 89.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Valdezian economy, worth 802 trillion Valdezian Pesos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 130,718 Valdezian Pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government officially wants you to slow down and speak more clearly, literature classes frequently go on field trips to rock concerts, romantic sunsets are no longer interrupted by explosions and monstrous roars, and refugees from other nations are flocking to Valdez Islands's border. Crime is totally unknown. Valdez Islands's national animal is the Rua, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Valdez Islands is ranked 17,405th in the world and 5th in Regionless for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 5,998.56 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,408thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,760thMost Inclusive: 5,140thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,201stNicest Citizens: 5,776thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,559thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,787thMost Developed: 7,065thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,519thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,717thHighest Food Quality: 8,047thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,521stSmartest Citizens: 8,774thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,255thHealthiest Citizens: 9,324thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,819thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,931stLongest Average Lifespans: 9,956thMost Pacifist: 10,054thBest Weather: 10,467thMost Secular: 11,694thLargest Governments: 12,437thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,605thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 13,798thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,822ndMost Subsidized Industry: 17,405thLowest Crime Rates: 19,164thSafest: 20,131stMost Efficient Economies: 20,564thMost Income Equality: 20,575thHighest Average Incomes: 21,830thMost Cultured: 21,911thMost Valuable International Artwork: 26,511th
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Most Politically Free: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Valdez Islands, refugees from other nations are flocking to Valdez Islands's border.
  • : Following new legislation in Valdez Islands, romantic sunsets are no longer interrupted by explosions and monstrous roars.
  • : Following new legislation in Valdez Islands, literature classes frequently go on field trips to rock concerts.
  • : Following new legislation in Valdez Islands, the government officially wants you to slow down and speak more clearly.
  • : Following new legislation in Valdez Islands, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".
  • : Following new legislation in Valdez Islands, political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions.
  • : Valdez Islands was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "Left-wing Utopia".
  • : Following new legislation in Valdez Islands, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it... Valdezian satellites can detect it.
  • : Following new legislation in Valdez Islands, referenda are held for every conceivable government action.
  • : Following new legislation in Valdez Islands, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.

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