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Most Scientifically Advanced: 18thHighest Disposable Incomes: 33rdFattest Citizens: 35th
The Directorate of
Compulsory Consumerist State
वज्रमात अस्ता रिजथम
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Valkalan

Population23.623 billion

CapitalRavingard
LeaderDirector Vikko

CurrencySyn
AnimalNorth Sea Octopus

The Directorate of Valkalan is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Director Vikko with an iron fist, and notable for its strictly enforced bedtime, otherworldly petting zoo, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 23.623 billion Valks are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized 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 15,896 trillion Syns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 672,919 Syns, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,732,863 per year while the poor average 60,931, a ratio of 61.3 to 1.

No one tells their son "you're the man of the house" any more, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, Valk scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack, and Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. 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 19,141st in the world and 1st in Zarathustra for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 61.26 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 18thHighest Disposable Incomes: 33rdFattest Citizens: 35thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 44thMost Avoided: 53rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 59thLargest Retail Industry: 79thRudest Citizens: 89thHighest Average Incomes: 92ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 102ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 106thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 107thLargest Information Technology Sector: 111thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 111thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 114thSmartest Citizens: 115thMost Armed: 137thMost Efficient Economies: 152ndHighest Economic Output: 154thLargest Mining Sector: 164thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 166thLargest Gambling Industry: 172ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 182ndMost Secular: 200thHighest Crime Rates: 219thLargest Insurance Industry: 225thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 329thMost Corrupt Governments: 364thMost Valuable International Artwork: 369thMost Rebellious Youth: 475thLargest Agricultural Sector: 488thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 517thLargest Publishing Industry: 593rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 920thMost Cultured: 968thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,787thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,820thLargest Populations: 4,995thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,665thLargest Black Market: 8,427thMost Influential: 8,433rdTop
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Most Pro-Market: 17,371stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,669thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,141stMost Advanced Public Education: 19,843rdMost Subsidized Industry: 20,193rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 22,874th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Valkalan changed its national leader to "Director Vikko".
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, Valk scientists are mixing chewing tobacco with bacon flavouring in an attempt to craft the perfect male snack.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, no one tells their son "you're the man of the house" any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, pro-democracy protesters are shot on sight by state police.
  • : Valkalan was reclassified from "Capitalist Paradise" to "Compulsory Consumerist State".
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, the military patrols the streets in search of possible secessionists.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, a new "thought police" branch is being developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Valkalan, the government's policy is 'all pain, no grain'.

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