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Nudest: 7,684thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,033rdMost Income Equality: 17,380th
The Matriarchy of
Corrupt Dictatorship
The absence of faith is the mark of the weak
Influence
Nipper
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Struggling
Political Freedom
Rare

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Veridyan

Population1.087 billion

CurrencyPenitence
AnimalAngel

The Matriarchy of Veridyan is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its frequent executions, free-roaming dinosaurs, and fear of technology. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.087 billion Veridyanians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, well-organized morass — juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 77.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Veridyanian economy, worth 19.9 trillion Penitences 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, quite specialized black market in Woodchip Exports, Beef-Based Agriculture, Furniture Restoration, and Soda Sales. 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 18,320 Penitences, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Vital infrastructure development is on hold because of 'nature and stuff', international television adverts praise the nation as a worker's paradise, broken suspension systems are giving auto repair shops plenty of business, and Leader has been self-declared as the Most Supreme Magnificent Overlord of Everything You Ever Saw. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Veridyan's national animal is the Angel, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Veridyan is ranked 53,541st in the world and 2,783rd in Osiris for Most Cultured, scoring 69 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Top
5%
Nudest: 7,684thTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 16,033rdMost Income Equality: 17,380thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,691stMost Authoritarian: 20,075thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23,750th
Top
5%
Nudest: 331st in the regionTop
10%
Most Income Equality: 418th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 669th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Veridyan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Following new legislation in Veridyan, Leader has been self-declared as the Most Supreme Magnificent Overlord of Everything You Ever Saw.
  • : Following new legislation in Veridyan, broken suspension systems are giving auto repair shops plenty of business.
  • : Following new legislation in Veridyan, international television adverts praise the nation as a worker's paradise.
  • : Following new legislation in Veridyan, vital infrastructure development is on hold because of 'nature and stuff'.
  • : Following new legislation in Veridyan, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days.
  • : Veridyan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Veridyan, tourists are denied entry because of a distant relative married to a Lilliputian.
  • : Following new legislation in Veridyan, the army is spending millions cloning khaki-colored dinosaurs.
  • : Following new legislation in Veridyan, citizens are tied down and forced to watch educational videos on empathy.

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