by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,355th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,051st Largest Welfare Programs: 6,851st
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Civil Rights Lovefest
Peace, Fraternity and Unity in Labor
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The Free Land of Varsala is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 400 million Varsalins hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Starsong. The average income tax rate is 86.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Varsalian economy, worth 33.8 trillion kublos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 84,380 kublos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Legislation sometimes has to battle through weeks of filibustering to pass, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits, and bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Varsala's national animal is the Two Headed Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Varsala is ranked 58,633rd in the world and 401st in The Internationale for Nudest, with 157.75 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,355thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,051stLargest Welfare Programs: 6,851stSafest: 8,278thMost Pacifist: 8,320thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,158thNicest Citizens: 9,911thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,935thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,279thMost Influential: 10,352ndMost Politically Free: 10,587thMost Inclusive: 11,291stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,371stMost Advanced Public Education: 12,322ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,997thBest Weather: 14,859thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,373rdLargest Governments: 15,646thSmartest Citizens: 16,228thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,660thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,985thHighest Drug Use: 17,107thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,569thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,934th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 23rd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Varsala, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Varsala, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits.
  • : Varsala was reclassified from "Left-wing Utopia" to "Civil Rights Lovefest".
  • : Following new legislation in Varsala, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Varsala, legislation sometimes has to battle through weeks of filibustering to pass.
  • : Varsala was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Varsala, Leader's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader.
  • : Following new legislation in Varsala, only clowns with PhDs from clown college can advise Leader on Varsala's coulrophobia epidemic.
  • : Following new legislation in Varsala, survivors of the Great Internet Flame War often recount horror stories of banhammers and DOS attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Varsala, a video of Leader wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news.

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