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Least Corrupt Governments: 84thSafest: 299thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 320th
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Velkia and the Islands

Population28.531 billion

CapitalFour Corners
LeaderProtectorate Pika Paquet


The Liberal Tropical Emirates of Velkia and the Islands is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Protectorate Pika Paquet with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, unlimited-speed roads, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 28.531 billion Velkia Islanders love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Social Policy are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Four Corners. The average income tax rate is 96.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Velkian economy, worth a remarkable 7,188 trillion Crowns a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 251,943 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

3D printed organs are a breath of new life for the sick and elderly, a suspicious number of John Smiths are known to donate to Velkian politicians, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up, and the Finance Ministry posts hourly updates on where taxpayer money is spent. Crime is totally unknown. Velkia and the Islands's national animal is the Breegull, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Velkia and the Islands is ranked 4,411th in the world and 60th in Forest for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 96.06 Effective Tax Rate.

Least Corrupt Governments: 84thSafest: 299thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 320thMost Secular: 360thLargest Publishing Industry: 632ndSmartest Citizens: 1,144thMost Influential: 1,148thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,285thHighest Economic Output: 1,486thMost Cultured: 1,620thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,895thHighest Food Quality: 2,026thMost Developed: 2,148thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,232ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,378thMost Inclusive: 2,401stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,427thMost Pacifist: 2,551stMost Advanced Public Education: 2,780thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,801stLongest Average Lifespans: 2,939thLargest Governments: 3,075thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 3,170thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,421stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,553rdHighest Average Incomes: 4,222ndLargest Populations: 4,223rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,303rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,411thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,741stMost Efficient Economies: 4,874thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,937thNicest Citizens: 6,156thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,216thMost Stationary: 8,955thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,452ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,669thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,913thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,986thLowest Crime Rates: 13,549thTop
Most Patriotic: 21,347thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 27,107th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
Safest: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 13th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionMost Stationary: 17th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 23rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 29th in the regionMost Cultured: 29th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 30th in the regionMost Developed: 31st in the region

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