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Largest Insurance Industry: 367th Largest Black Market: 497th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 511th
The Grand Empire of
Corporate Police State
Prosperity, conformity, obedience.
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population8.695 billion

LeaderHunteth Veredon
FaithCult Of Hunteth


The Grand Empire of Valerox is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Hunteth Veredon with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, parental licensing program, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.695 billion Valeroxians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Industry, Healthcare, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Welfare and Environment are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Silith. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 57.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Valeroxian economy, worth a remarkable 3,110 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 357,708 Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,441,610 per year while the poor average 59,321, a ratio of 24.3 to 1.

Trouble-makers are frequently turned in to the government to be 'recycled', the act of reporting blasphemy is known as 'Orthodoxxing', getting an autograph has become harder than ever, and the tinfoil-hat crowd also recommend tinfoil wallets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Valerox's national animal is the Cerberus, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Cult Of Hunteth.

Valerox is ranked 51,872nd in the world and 206th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 3,906.41 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 367thLargest Black Market: 497thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 511thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 537thLargest Mining Sector: 571stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 578thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 729thMost Avoided: 802ndMost Corrupt Governments: 840thHighest Average Incomes: 878thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 879thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 918thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,353rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,434thLargest Retail Industry: 1,445thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,459thFattest Citizens: 1,463rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,569thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,189thMost Devout: 2,341stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,806thHighest Economic Output: 3,246thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,325thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,453rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,053rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,283rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,504thLargest Governments: 5,517thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,686thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,720thMost Influential: 6,728thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,232ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,528thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 10,620thLowest Crime Rates: 10,734thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,717thMost Conservative: 12,719thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 13,135thMost Ignorant Citizens: 16,069thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,761st
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionTop
Largest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13th in the regionMost Avoided: 13th in the regionFattest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 16th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 16th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 28th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 29th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 30th in the regionLargest Populations: 31st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 33rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 34th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 35th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 39th in the regionLargest Governments: 51st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 57th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 62nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 63rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 63rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 63rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Valerox, the tinfoil-hat crowd also recommend tinfoil wallets.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerox, getting an autograph has become harder than ever.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerox, the act of reporting blasphemy is known as 'Orthodoxxing'.
  • : Valerox was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens and the Top 10% for Most Ignorant Citizens and Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerox, trouble-makers are frequently turned in to the government to be 'recycled'.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerox, Hunteth Veredon is described as an everyday person with normal tastes and the usual interests.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerox, universities are populated by the spawn of the upper classes.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerox, women who display their ankles are shunned by society.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerox, adults have never outgrown their fear of monsters.
  • : Following new legislation in Valerox, a typical fast food menu item could serve a small army.


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