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Largest Retail Industry: 16,319thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,440thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,656th
The Military State of
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Valnastal

Population773 million

CapitalStromis

CurrencySrite
AnimalBlack Bear

The Military State of Valnastal is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 773 million Valnastalians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Industry, and Law & Order also on the agenda, while International Aid and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stromis. The average income tax rate is 55.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Valnastalian economy, worth 74.3 trillion Srites a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Retail. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 96,138 Srites, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Open-casket funerals are avoided at all cost, money can't buy happiness but it can buy immunity to prosecution, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks", and motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Valnastal's national animal is the Black Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Valnastal is ranked 201,061st in the world and 33rd in Hartfelden for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 47.8 Whatever.

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Largest Retail Industry: 16,319thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,440thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,656thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,289thMost Patriotic: 20,680thMost Scientifically Advanced: 25,035th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Valnastal, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours.
  • : Following new legislation in Valnastal, the military refers to helpless combatants offering surrender as "sitting ducks".
  • : Following new legislation in Valnastal, money can't buy happiness but it can buy immunity to prosecution.
  • : Following new legislation in Valnastal, open-casket funerals are avoided at all cost.
  • : Following new legislation in Valnastal, wedding bands come in pairs to form wedding manacles.
  • : Valnastal was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Valnastal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Valnastal, just as students finish their homework it's time for school.
  • : Following new legislation in Valnastal, the government keeps its thumb on the scales of justice.
  • : Following new legislation in Valnastal, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.

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