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Least Corrupt Governments: 65thMost Secular: 265thSafest: 266th
The Liberal Tropical Emirates of
Left-wing Utopia
For Freedom!
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Velkia and the Islands

Population23.128 billion

CapitalFour Corners
LeaderProtectorate Pika Paquet
FaithAtheism

CurrencyCrown
AnimalBreegull

The Liberal Tropical Emirates of Velkia and the Islands is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Protectorate Pika Paquet with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 23.128 billion Velkia Islanders are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The medium-sized, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Social Policy, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Four Corners. The average income tax rate is 95.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Velkian economy, worth a remarkable 5,824 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 251,838 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 4,729th in the world and 48th in Forest for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 2,770.82 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 65thMost Secular: 265thSafest: 266thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 289thLargest Publishing Industry: 618thSmartest Citizens: 984thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,141stMost Influential: 1,191stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,198thMost Cultured: 1,384thHighest Economic Output: 1,413thMost Inclusive: 1,658thMost Developed: 1,726thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,043rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,080thMost Pacifist: 2,149thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,189thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,259thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,500thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,557thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,564thLargest Governments: 2,621stHealthiest Citizens: 2,752ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,309thMost Efficient Economies: 3,398thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,660thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,263rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,507thLargest Populations: 4,610thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,729thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,924thNicest Citizens: 5,037thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,345thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,679thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,765thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,803rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 11,531stMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,607thMost Stationary: 12,113thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,385th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the regionMost Stationary: 19th in the regionMost Cultured: 19th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 20th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 21st in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 24th in the regionMost Developed: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 30th in the regionMost Inclusive: 33rd in the regionLargest Governments: 34th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 37th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 43rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 46th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Velkia and the Islands was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector and the Top 10% for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Velkia and the Islands was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Velkia and the Islands voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Altino".
  • : Velkia and the Islands voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Supporting and Valuing the Humanities"".
  • : Velkia and the Islands was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Velkia and the Islands was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Velkia and the Islands was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : Velkia and the Islands voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Restrictions on Forced Eugenics".
  • : Velkia and the Islands voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Valanora".
  • : Velkia and the Islands was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.

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