by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,587thMost Patriotic: 3,916thMost Influential: 4,975th
The Holy Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
This is my promise,that I will lead my country to Glory
Sir Arnold the First
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population1.472 billion

CapitalCity of Valerite
LeaderSir Arnold the First


The Holy Empire of Valerite is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Sir Arnold the First with an iron fist, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.472 billion Valeriteans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of City of Valerite. The average income tax rate is 74.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Valeritean economy, worth 236 trillion Florins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 160,724 Florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Long-wed spouses often regret proposals they made when they were twenty, residential tower blocks are surrounded by warrens of concrete tunnels, television executives are interested in turning Sir Arnold the First's zany home life into a sitcom, and teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Valerite's national animal is the Whale, which can occasionally be seen avoiding garbage in the nation's murky oceans, and its national religion is Arnoldism.

Valerite is ranked 21,531st in the world and 624th in The East Pacific for Healthiest Citizens, with 10.01 bananas ingested per day.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,587thTop
Most Patriotic: 3,916thMost Influential: 4,975thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,292ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,597thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,781stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,464thMost Secular: 9,214thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,432ndMost Developed: 10,987thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,673rdLowest Crime Rates: 12,229thHighest Average Incomes: 12,898thTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,329thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,990thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,501stLargest Governments: 14,802ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,820thMost Authoritarian: 15,912thSmartest Citizens: 16,842ndMost Efficient Economies: 18,628thLargest Insurance Industry: 18,801stLargest Publishing Industry: 19,314thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,606thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,892ndLargest Mining Sector: 21,159thHealthiest Citizens: 21,531stMost Cultured: 22,048thLargest Black Market: 22,074thHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,437thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,857thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23,919thMost Subsidized Industry: 24,591st
Most Patriotic: 90th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 142nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 151st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 174th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 193rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 202nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 224th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 248th in the regionLargest Black Market: 254th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 272nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 294th in the regionMost Secular: 298th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 304th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 348th in the regionMost Developed: 352nd in the regionMost Influential: 358th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 408th in the regionLargest Governments: 416th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 448th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 483rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 497th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 514th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 523rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 549th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 598th in the regionMost Cultured: 599th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 617th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 624th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 642nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 679th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 705th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 734th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 787th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 993rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Valerite, teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerite, television executives are interested in turning Sir Arnold the First's zany home life into a sitcom.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerite, residential tower blocks are surrounded by warrens of concrete tunnels.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerite, long-wed spouses often regret proposals they made when they were twenty.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerite, the nation's navy has been named the scourge of the seven thousand seas.
  • : Valerite was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Valerite was endorsed by The Federation of Seri Tai Republic.
  • : Valerite was endorsed by The Collectivist Oligarchy of Cacnesia.
  • : Valerite was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Valerite endorsed The Human Beings of Dahom.