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Most Scientifically Advanced: 21stRudest Citizens: 41stHighest Disposable Incomes: 44th
The Directorate of
Capitalist Paradise
वज्रमात अस्ता रिजथम
Influence
Hegemony
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Valkalan

Population21.803 billion

CapitalRavingard
LeaderDirector Ottar Vjanholst

CurrencySyn
AnimalNorth Sea Octopus

The Directorate of Valkalan is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Director Ottar Vjanholst with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 21.803 billion Valks are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Defense, with Education and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ravingard. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Valk economy, worth an astonishing 14,097 trillion Syns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 646,563 Syns, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,767,863 per year while the poor average 52,325, a ratio of 72.0 to 1.

Vital intelligence-gathering activities are often put on hold for Call of Honor tournaments, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Valkalan flights to avoid the pay lavatories, main battle tanks stalk the woods of Valkalan in search of North Sea Octopuses, and surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Valkalan's national animal is the North Sea Octopus, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Valkalan is ranked 13,314th in the world and 1st in Zarathustra for Most Pro-Market, scoring 89.89 on the Rand Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 21stRudest Citizens: 41stHighest Disposable Incomes: 44thFattest Citizens: 45thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 47thMost Avoided: 61stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 62ndHighest Average Incomes: 99thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 105thLargest Retail Industry: 106thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 108thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 109thLargest Information Technology Sector: 110thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 115thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 123rdMost Armed: 125thSmartest Citizens: 143rdLargest Gambling Industry: 171stMost Secular: 173rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 178thLargest Mining Sector: 184thHighest Economic Output: 185thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 186thHighest Crime Rates: 198thMost Efficient Economies: 205thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 214thLargest Insurance Industry: 248thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 350thMost Corrupt Governments: 453rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 481stMost Rebellious Youth: 510thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 515thLargest Publishing Industry: 615thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 932ndMost Cultured: 1,110thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,879thTop
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Largest Governments: 3,890thLargest Populations: 5,109thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,382ndLargest Black Market: 7,126thMost Influential: 8,590thTop
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Most Pro-Market: 13,314thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,467th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, main battle tanks stalk the woods of Valkalan in search of North Sea Octopuses.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, travelers often bring empty plastic bottles on Air Valkalan flights to avoid the pay lavatories.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, vital intelligence-gathering activities are often put on hold for Call of Honor tournaments.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, crowds of flag-burning protesters tend to accidentally become crowds of burning protesters.
  • : Valkalan was reclassified from "Compulsory Consumerist State" to "Capitalist Paradise".
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock".
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, children's bedrooms are often decorated with posters of successful accountants.

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