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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th
The People's Republic of
Democratic Socialists
Strength through Adversity
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Varayusha

Population25.535 billion

CapitalUnderwarren Prime
Leaderthe Underlord
Faithloyalty to the State

Currencytoggle-bolt
Animalicefang

The People's Republic of Varayusha is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Underlord with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, sprawling nuclear power plants, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 25.535 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, although Education, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important. 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 18,673 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 731,293 toggle-bolts, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

War vets look after war animals, electricity company executives pray nightly to Zeus and Thor, the banshee wail foretells skies of death, and the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources. 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 234,914th in the world and 8,275th in the South Pacific for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 14.34 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11thHighest Poor Incomes: 13thLargest Black Market: 17thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19thLargest Governments: 26thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 29thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 36thMost Subsidized Industry: 39thMost Patriotic: 49thLowest Crime Rates: 57thMost Advanced Public Education: 60thHighest Average Incomes: 69thMost Corrupt Governments: 88thHighest Economic Output: 99thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 128thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 169thMost Developed: 184thLongest Average Lifespans: 202ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 217thLargest Welfare Programs: 416thLargest Information Technology Sector: 420thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 502ndMost Beautiful Environments: 523rdMost Cultured: 527thSmartest Citizens: 610thMost Efficient Economies: 633rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 736thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 761stMost Stationary: 797thLargest Mining Sector: 901stHighest Food Quality: 1,080thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,100thMost Devout: 1,300thHealthiest Citizens: 1,536thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,394thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,771stRudest Citizens: 4,193rdLargest Populations: 4,298thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,767thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,532ndTop
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Most Influential: 11,796thMost Income Equality: 16,005thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,538th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 17th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 17th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 23rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 24th in the regionMost Devout: 30th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 34th in the regionLargest Populations: 37th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 42nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 46th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 53rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 69th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 86th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 124th in the regionRudest Citizens: 157th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 164th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 741st in the regionMost Income Equality: 774th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, electricity company executives pray nightly to Zeus and Thor.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, war vets look after war animals.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, all writing must pass a censorship board before being allowed on the shelves.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, leading ethologists are being investigated for illegal electoral interference.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, taxpayers cringe whenever someone brings up the Former Antagonist Reparations Treaty.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the new Icefang Supremacy Party is faring well in the polls.

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