by Max Barry

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Most Authoritarian: 16,067thMost Income Equality: 19,503rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,889th
The People's Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Equal and United! We are the people of Velkmershalia!
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Population223 million

CurrencyVelkish Mark
AnimalVelkish Eagle

The People's Republic of Velkmershalia is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical population of 223 million Velkmershalians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 73.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Velkmershalian economy, worth 5.95 trillion Velkish Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Gambling. Average income is 26,680 Velkish Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, and the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Velkmershalia's national animal is the Velkish Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Velkmershalia is ranked 134,597th in the world and 24th in Coldonia for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring 1,239.83 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

Most Authoritarian: 16,067thMost Income Equality: 19,503rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,889thHighest Average Tax Rates: 24,395thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 25,640th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 2nd in the region

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