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Healthiest Citizens: 8,692ndLargest Publishing Industry: 9,066thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,645th
The Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Freedom in God
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population4.153 billion

LeaderAlbert Mensah


The Republic of Variz is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Albert Mensah with an even hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, daily referendums, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.153 billion Varizians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Beulah. The average income tax rate is 49.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Varizian economy, worth 518 trillion Dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 124,755 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Guide dogs for the blind have been seen using government websites, arbitration is mightier than the sword, conspiracy theorists allege Beulah's new subway map resembles Satanic symbols, and directors of low-budget sci-fi films are flocking to use Beulah as a backdrop. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Variz's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Variz is ranked 36,147th in the world and 1,405th in Balder for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,729.59 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Healthiest Citizens: 8,692ndLargest Publishing Industry: 9,066thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,645thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,248thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,420thNicest Citizens: 10,978thBest Weather: 11,016thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,520thMost Pacifist: 11,550thHighest Food Quality: 11,856thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,302ndMost Inclusive: 13,635thMost Developed: 14,253rdTop
Most Cultured: 14,694thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,180thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,180thLargest Retail Industry: 15,188thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,417thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,748thSmartest Citizens: 17,512thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,688thMost Influential: 19,186thSafest: 19,452ndMost Efficient Economies: 21,344thLowest Crime Rates: 23,723rdHighest Average Incomes: 24,350thHighest Disposable Incomes: 27,041stLargest Welfare Programs: 27,230thMost Subsidized Industry: 27,793rd
Most Influential: 237th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 391st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 403rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 440th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 530th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 544th in the regionNicest Citizens: 563rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 591st in the regionBest Weather: 591st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 623rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 634th in the regionMost Inclusive: 689th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 728th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 734th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 749th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 760th in the regionMost Developed: 761st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 781st in the regionMost Cultured: 829th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 893rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 926th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 938th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Variz's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Variz was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Variz's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Variz's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in Variz, directors of low-budget sci-fi films are flocking to use Beulah as a backdrop.
  • : Variz was refounded in Balder.
  • : Variz ceased to exist in The Rejected Realms.
  • : Variz was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Variz was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Variz was endorsed by The Nomadic Peoples of Polaris NP.