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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,646thMost Patriotic: 2,770thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,793rd
The Kingdom of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Strength Through Iron and Fire
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Valoptia

Population567 million

CapitalOsearwynn

Currencypound
Animalgoat

The Kingdom of Valoptia is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its pith helmet sales, parental licensing program, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 567 million Valoptians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Administration, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Osearwynn. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 71.6%.

The all-consuming Valoptian economy, worth 91.4 trillion pounds a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 161,144 pounds, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 515,816 per year while the poor average 38,215, a ratio of 13.5 to 1.

Royals are always ready with their diamond-encrusted toilet plungers in case a royal flush doesn't work, there's no weight to modern politics, returning vacationers often find that their property is now a construction site, and pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Valoptia's national animal is the goat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Valoptia is ranked 87,800th in the world and 232nd in The Communist Bloc for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring 2,828.95 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,646thMost Patriotic: 2,770thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,793rdMost Authoritarian: 5,867thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,233rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,823rdMost Corrupt Governments: 6,947thMost Conservative: 7,667thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,767thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,111thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,545thHighest Average Incomes: 13,071stTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,348thLargest Black Market: 14,962ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,215thMost Devout: 15,379thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,709thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,471stMost Beautiful Environments: 19,791stMost Cultured: 21,516thLargest Governments: 22,118thMost Developed: 22,165thLargest Insurance Industry: 22,899thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23,528thMost Subsidized Industry: 24,559thLongest Average Lifespans: 26,123rd
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 27th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 29th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 31st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 35th in the regionMost Patriotic: 36th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 38th in the regionMost Devout: 40th in the regionMost Conservative: 41st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 41st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 46th in the regionLargest Black Market: 47th in the regionMost Extreme: 53rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 55th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 100th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 140th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 144th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Valoptia, pet owners must make a payment if their charges leave a deposit.
  • : Following new legislation in Valoptia, returning vacationers often find that their property is now a construction site.
  • : Following new legislation in Valoptia, there's no weight to modern politics.
  • : Valoptia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Following new legislation in Valoptia, royals are always ready with their diamond-encrusted toilet plungers in case a royal flush doesn't work.
  • : Following new legislation in Valoptia, military instructors tire of being asked for another bedtime story by seven-year-old conscripts.
  • : Following new legislation in Valoptia, little girls are in tears as Leader confiscates their pink princess ballgowns.
  • : Following new legislation in Valoptia, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program.
  • : Following new legislation in Valoptia, construction workers evacuate work sites after finding sharp rocks on the ground.
  • : Following new legislation in Valoptia, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère.

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