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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th
The People's Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Strength through Adversity
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Varayusha

Population22.949 billion

CapitalUnderwarren Prime
Leaderthe Underlord
Faithloyalty to the State

Currencytoggle-bolt
Animalicefang

The People's Republic of Varayusha is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by the Underlord with an even hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, keen interest in outer space, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 22.949 billion Varayushans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Education, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Underwarren Prime. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Varayushan economy, worth an astonishing 16,687 trillion toggle-bolts 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, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Tourism. 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 a breathtaking 727,147 toggle-bolts, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags, the nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass", and citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Varayusha's national animal is the icefang, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is loyalty to the State.

Varayusha is ranked 63rd in the world and 2nd in the South Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 727,147.89 Standard Monetary Units.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10thLargest Black Market: 18thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18thLargest Governments: 27thMost Subsidized Industry: 27thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 33rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 37thLowest Crime Rates: 54thMost Advanced Public Education: 60thHighest Average Incomes: 63rdMost Corrupt Governments: 79thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 85thHighest Economic Output: 118thMost Developed: 136thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 142ndLongest Average Lifespans: 157thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 270thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 356thLargest Information Technology Sector: 381stLargest Welfare Programs: 391stMost Beautiful Environments: 445thMost Cultured: 488thMost Efficient Economies: 539thSmartest Citizens: 586thMost Scientifically Advanced: 718thLargest Mining Sector: 803rdMost Stationary: 859thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 899thMost Devout: 1,001stHealthiest Citizens: 1,448thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,068thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,494thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,193rdRudest Citizens: 3,734thLargest Populations: 4,483rdLargest Publishing Industry: 5,354thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,508thTop
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Most Influential: 11,608thMost Income Equality: 14,557th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 20th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 24th in the regionMost Devout: 25th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Populations: 41st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 54th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 69th in the regionMost Inclusive: 75th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 88th in the regionRudest Citizens: 127th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 133rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 210th in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 666th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, new arrivals are asked the location of the Minister of the Interior's birthmark.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, citizens are now allowed to discuss whether The Underlord is the greatest ruler ever or simply the greatest ruler of this generation.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the government builds houses for foreign newcomers.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the government has instituted 'traveller reservations' across the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, Varayusha has one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world.

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