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Largest Black Market: 6,866th Most Rebellious Youth: 6,969th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,602nd
The United Socialist States of
Iron Fist Socialists
Fueled by the workers!
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Rare

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Velgorod

Population10.642 billion

CapitalLeningorod
LeaderThe Regime IV

CurrencyNova
AnimalMoose

The United Socialist States of Velgorod is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Regime IV with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 10.642 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 767 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 41,114th in the world and 1,515th in Lazarus for Most Authoritarian, with 0.68 Stalins.

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Largest Black Market: 6,866thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,969thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,602ndLargest Welfare Programs: 8,470thTop
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Largest Populations: 13,902ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,019thHighest Economic Output: 15,424thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,922ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,937th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 352nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 366th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 444th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 487th in the regionLargest Populations: 516th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombified and the Top 10% for Most Dead.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Zombies.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Velgorod's influence in Lazarus rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Velgorod was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.

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