by Max Barry

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 56thMost Patriotic: 106thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 296th
The Red High Athelingric of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Strength through Iron and Fire
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population3.919 billion

LeaderLeofric Frost

Animalred panda

The Red High Athelingric of Valoptia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Leofric Frost with an iron fist, and remarkable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, sprawling nuclear power plants, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.919 billion 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Osearwynn. The average income tax rate is 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Valoptian economy, worth a remarkable 1,829 trillion pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 466,906 pounds, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,323,560 per year while the poor average 131,631, a ratio of 10.1 to 1.

200 mph car chases are a frequent sight on the otherwise empty motorways, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts, the banshee wail foretells skies of death, and hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Valoptia's national animal is the red panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Gnosticism.

Valoptia is ranked 302,898th in the world and 1,390th in The Communist Bloc for Most Inclusive, scoring 4.16 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 56thMost Patriotic: 106thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 296thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 363rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 431stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 497thHighest Average Incomes: 587thLargest Information Technology Sector: 640thMost Corrupt Governments: 868thMost Devout: 975thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,081stLowest Crime Rates: 1,306thLargest Governments: 1,398thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,449thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,557thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,592ndLargest Black Market: 1,929thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,935thMost Developed: 1,940thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,109thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,139thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,227thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,324thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,363rdMost Cultured: 2,418thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,549thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,551stMost Efficient Economies: 2,558thSmartest Citizens: 2,877thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,922ndTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 3,091stMost Influential: 3,193rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,645thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,348thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,776thMost Conservative: 6,097thMost Authoritarian: 6,182ndLargest Publishing Industry: 7,790thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,422ndHighest Economic Output: 13,808thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 15,431stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18,228thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18,386thLargest Retail Industry: 24,203rdBest Weather: 25,767th
Most Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11th in the regionTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 19th in the regionMost Conservative: 20th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 23rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 26th in the regionMost Cultured: 27th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 30th in the regionLargest Governments: 32nd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 33rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 35th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 37th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 37th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 39th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 39th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 41st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 44th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 45th in the regionMost Developed: 46th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 47th in the regionMost Extreme: 50th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 50th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 51st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 56th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 57th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 63rd in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 71st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 84th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 89th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 124th in the region

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