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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 7,545thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,945thLargest Populations: 11,642nd
The Dutch Commonwealth of
Compulsory Consumerist State
Rule
Influence
Power
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Few

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Valks

Population19.705 billion

CapitalThe Hague
LeaderErasmus
FaithHumanism

CurrencyDime
Animalseal

The Dutch Commonwealth of Valks is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Erasmus with an iron fist, and remarkable for its suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 19.705 billion Valksians 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 medium-sized, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Spirituality, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Hague. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.2%.

The very strong Valksian economy, worth a remarkable 1,087 trillion Dimes a year, is led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Pizza Delivery, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 55,205 Dimes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 189,398 per year while the poor average 11,810, a ratio of 16.0 to 1.

Saying the word 'eggplant' is now a criminal offense, Humanism has been named as Valks's national religion, Erasmus has just been declared ruler of Valks in an international press conference, and Valks has designated The Hague as its capital city. Crime is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Valks's national animal is the seal and its national religion is Humanism.

Valks is ranked 133,694th in the world and 2nd in The Eternal Scholars for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 64.42 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 7,545thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10,945thLargest Populations: 11,642ndTop
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Highest Economic Output: 19,678thMost Influential: 20,813thLargest Insurance Industry: 21,916thMost Stationary: 22,792nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Valks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Valks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Valks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Valks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Valks's influence in The Eternal Scholars rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Valks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Valks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Valks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Valks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Valks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.

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