by Max Barry

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 134th Most Advanced Public Education: 168th Least Corrupt Governments: 330th
The Principality of
Left-wing Utopia
What's already broken cannot break!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population7.621 billion

LeaderPrince Kharos V


The Principality of Varotium is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Prince Kharos V with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.621 billion Varotines are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Varotium. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Varotine economy, worth a remarkable 1,364 trillion Varacats a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 179,105 Varacats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Prison visits increase substantially during election years, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, the carbon footprint falls along with the human footprint during war, and polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums. Crime is totally unknown. Varotium's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Varotium is ranked 169,220th in the world and 5,608th in Lazarus for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -1041.19 on the Hayek Index.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 134thMost Advanced Public Education: 168thLeast Corrupt Governments: 330thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 366thMost Beautiful Environments: 444thMost Developed: 463rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 493rdLongest Average Lifespans: 559thBest Weather: 563rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 564thMost Inclusive: 667thNicest Citizens: 722ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 739thHighest Average Tax Rates: 830thLargest Welfare Programs: 907thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,121stLargest Governments: 1,250thMost Pacifist: 1,274thSafest: 1,275thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,275thSmartest Citizens: 1,385thMost Cultured: 1,392ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,572ndTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,078thLowest Crime Rates: 2,109thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,557thMost Influential: 3,293rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,412thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,671stMost Efficient Economies: 4,189thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,412thHighest Average Incomes: 7,990thTop
Most Secular: 9,255thHighest Economic Output: 9,691stMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,488thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,029th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionMost Inclusive: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17th in the regionBest Weather: 21st in the regionNicest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 28th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 36th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 37th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 44th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 44th in the regionMost Influential: 49th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 51st in the regionMost Pacifist: 54th in the regionLargest Governments: 56th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 60th in the regionMost Cultured: 60th in the regionSafest: 68th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 73rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 106th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 134th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 136th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 170th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 243rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 251st in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 375th in the regionMost Secular: 447th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 475th in the region

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