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Most Valuable International Artwork: 18thMost Secular: 783rdLargest Welfare Programs: 1,247th
The Chihuahua With A Crown of
Authoritarian Democracy
Love, let the doves cry out in the streets!
Influence
Page
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Varanius

Population5.125 billion

CapitalZygotia
LeaderVara the Horreinous
FaithThe Big Book of Questions

CurrencyInflated Card
AnimalJarlic Monstrosity

The Chihuahua With A Crown of Varanius is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Vara the Horreinous with an even hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cheerful population of 5.125 billion Newborns are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zygotia. The average income tax rate is 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Newly Born economy, worth 788 trillion Inflated Cards a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 153,808 Inflated Cards, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

All statues and paintings of dogs are being destroyed to avoid offending cat-lovers, GDP growth is the preferred altar of national worship, school uniforms are compulsory, and one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Varanius's national animal is the Jarlic Monstrosity, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Big Book of Questions.

Varanius is ranked 152,754th in the world and 5,525th in the West Pacific for Most Average, scoring 34.3 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 18thMost Secular: 783rdLargest Welfare Programs: 1,247thMost Pacifist: 1,406thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,411thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,763rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,852ndNicest Citizens: 2,004thMost Inclusive: 2,053rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,265thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,306thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,665thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,723rdMost Developed: 2,923rdBest Weather: 2,980thHealthiest Citizens: 3,302ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,355thSafest: 3,559thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,561stHighest Food Quality: 3,567thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,930thLargest Governments: 4,122ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,327thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,518thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,541stSmartest Citizens: 4,573rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,782ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,899thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,377thMost Influential: 6,769thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,183rdMost Subsidized Industry: 7,428thMost Efficient Economies: 9,403rdMost Cultured: 10,069thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,655thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 13,577thMost Income Equality: 14,176thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,480th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 20th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30th in the regionMost Pacifist: 30th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 33rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 41st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 41st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 42nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 44th in the regionMost Inclusive: 46th in the regionBest Weather: 56th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 56th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 60th in the regionMost Developed: 62nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 62nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 66th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 67th in the regionLargest Governments: 70th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 76th in the regionSafest: 79th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 81st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 82nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 90th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 90th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 104th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 105th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 106th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 110th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 160th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 164th in the regionMost Cultured: 207th in the regionMost Influential: 208th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 222nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 237th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 247th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 305th in the regionLargest Populations: 433rd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 637th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Varanius lodged a message on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Varanius, one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man.
  • : Following new legislation in Varanius, school uniforms are compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Varanius, GDP growth is the preferred altar of national worship.
  • : Following new legislation in Varanius, all statues and paintings of dogs are being destroyed to avoid offending cat-lovers.
  • : Varanius lodged a message on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Varanius lodged a message on the The West Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Varanius, adult magazines are having a sales resurgence as internet anonymity disappears.
  • : Varanius was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Authoritarian Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Varanius, the seventh son of a seventh son is fated to be a millionaire.

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