by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 3,228thMost Authoritarian: 11,468th
The Colony of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Not all who wander are lost
Influence
Power
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Basket Case
Political Freedom
Rare

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Velau

Population1.309 billion

Currencyruble
AnimalDove

The Colony of Velau is a massive, genial nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The cynical population of 1.309 billion Velauans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 49.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Velauan economy, worth 15.0 trillion rubles 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 a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Basket Weaving, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Furniture Restoration. 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 11,486 rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities, nephews and nieces of the monarch resort to begging from relatives in palace halls, and it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Velau's national animal is the Dove, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Velau is ranked 76,315th in the world and 1st in Legacy of the Great War for Nudest, with 155.5 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

Top
5%
Most Income Equality: 3,228thTop
10%
Most Authoritarian: 11,468th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Velau changed its national motto to "Not all who wander are lost".
  • : Velau's influence in Legacy of the Great War rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Velau's influence in Legacy of the Great War rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Following new legislation in Velau, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Velau, nephews and nieces of the monarch resort to begging from relatives in palace halls.
  • : Following new legislation in Velau, citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities.
  • : Following new legislation in Velau, the government is a proud sponsor of the National Gaming Association.
  • : Following new legislation in Velau, hand-to-hand combat experience is udderly essential for all dairy ranchers.
  • : Velau's influence in Legacy of the Great War rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Velau's influence in Legacy of the Great War rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".

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