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Largest Black Market: 6,479th Most Rebellious Youth: 7,220th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,194th
The United Socialist States of
Iron Fist Socialists
Fueled by the workers!
Regional Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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The United Socialist States of Velgorod is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by The Regime IV with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 9.579 billion Velgorodians are ruled with an iron fist by the socialist government, which grants its people the freedom to do whatever they like so long as it doesn't involve getting richer than anybody else or challenging the government.

The enormous, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Leningorod. The average income tax rate is 78.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Velgorodian economy, worth 690 trillion Novas 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, broadly diversified black market in Book Publishing, Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 72,136 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The psych wards are overflowing with transsexuals, the government has declined to declare any particular religion as its 'official' one, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling", and streakers swamp all public events in order to bare it all. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Velgorod's national animal is the Moose, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Velgorod is ranked 42,076th in the world and 1,170th in Lazarus for Most Extreme, scoring 23.57 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Black Market: 6,479thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,220thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,194thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,639thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,422ndLargest Populations: 14,634th
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Largest Black Market: 328th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 336th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 408th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Velgorod's influence in Lazarus rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Velgorod's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Velgorod's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Velgorod was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Velgorod ceased to exist in The United Pacific States.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth and the Top 10% for Largest Populations.

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