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Valkyrie Vytherov

Population1.302 billion


The Empire of Valkyrie Vytherov is a massive, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, absence of drug laws, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-working, democratic population of 1.302 billion Valkyrie Vytherovians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Healthcare, and Welfare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 6.5%.

The strong Valkyrie Vytherovian economy, worth 57.9 trillion Gols a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 44,439 Gols, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 367,039 per year while the poor average 1,105, a ratio of 332 to 1.

Voting is voluntary, nudity is frowned upon, all tariffs have been abolished, and invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Valkyrie Vytherov's national animal is the Serpent , which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Valkyrie Vytherov is ranked 121,227th in the world and 2nd in The Gay Agenda for Most Cultured, scoring 64 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most Pro-Market: 2,000thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2,062ndMost Politically Free: 2,533rdMost Extreme: 5,240thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,953rdTop
Highest Crime Rates: 9,611thRudest Citizens: 10,549thMost Armed: 13,807thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,951stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 15,655thFattest Citizens: 16,498thMost Avoided: 17,005thHighest Drug Use: 17,376th

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