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Most Income Equality: 17,810th
The Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Everyone expects the Varanian Inquisition
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Some

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Vara 1

Population1.955 billion

CurrencyObject Permanence
AnimalQuestion Mark

The Republic of Vara 1 is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, frequent executions, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 1.955 billion Vara 1ians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 59.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Vara 1ian economy, worth 89.6 trillion Object Permanences 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 a slick, highly efficient black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. 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 45,853 Object Permanences, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Copies of the constitution are used as toilet paper, wars of expansion are described as "peacekeeping operations", small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome, and atheists refusing to attend church are heavily fined by the government. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vara 1's national animal is the Question Mark, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Vara 1 is ranked 58,596th in the world and 556th in Artificial Solar System for Lowest Crime Rates, with 68.38 law-abiding acts per hour.

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Most Income Equality: 17,810th
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Most Income Equality: 229th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 234th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 267th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 276th in the regionNicest Citizens: 287th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 321st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 346th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 398th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 455th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, atheists refusing to attend church are heavily fined by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, wars of expansion are described as "peacekeeping operations".
  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, copies of the constitution are used as toilet paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, parents must choose their children's names from a government-mandated master list.
  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, the sun rises an hour later on border communities.
  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, soldiers with colourful mohawks make themselves perfect targets for snipers.
  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, all government communication requires the imprimatur of the Truth Police.
  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, Leader claims tax rises are the result of 'curses'.
  • : Following new legislation in Vara 1, orphans would rather live their life of luxury than be adopted by prospective parents.

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