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Most Secular: 2,599thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,910thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,172nd
The SFSR of
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I 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞
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Velvets Realm

Population965 million

CapitalPatch
LeaderPremier Velvet Scarlatina

CurrencyLien
AnimalGargantuan Turtle

The SFSR of Velvets Realm is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Premier Velvet Scarlatina with a fair hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, keen interest in outer space, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 965 million Velvetians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Patch. The average income tax rate is 84.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Velvetian economy, worth 123 trillion Liens a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 128,149 Liens, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms, and rude retail employees are now even ruder homeless panhandlers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Velvets Realm's national animal is the Gargantuan Turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Velvets Realm is ranked 15,326th in the world and 377th in the Pacific for Best Weather, with 169 Meters Of Sunlight.

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Most Secular: 2,599thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,910thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,172ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,170thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,939thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,451stMost Inclusive: 11,006thTop
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Most Developed: 11,664thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,830thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,869thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,906thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,120thLargest Governments: 12,939thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,032ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,359thHealthiest Citizens: 13,634thMost Efficient Economies: 14,152ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,361stNicest Citizens: 14,389thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,806thBest Weather: 15,326thLowest Crime Rates: 15,474thMost Cultured: 16,190thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,468thSmartest Citizens: 16,701stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,855thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,261stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,009thHighest Average Incomes: 20,029thHighest Drug Use: 20,689thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22,054th
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Most Secular: 68th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 111th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 127th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 192nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 205th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 240th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 269th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 272nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 275th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 279th in the regionMost Developed: 290th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 296th in the regionMost Inclusive: 297th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 300th in the regionLargest Governments: 309th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 322nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 346th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 348th in the regionTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 360th in the regionMost Cultured: 362nd in the regionBest Weather: 377th in the regionNicest Citizens: 379th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 386th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 387th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 387th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 413th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 419th in the regionRudest Citizens: 439th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 458th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 472nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 491st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 493rd in the region

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