by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,587th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,645th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,715th
The United Communes of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
From The Ashes, We Rise!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population5.983 billion

FaithThe Natural Sciences


The United Communes of Verketa is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its daily referendums, avant-garde cinema, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.983 billion Verketans enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vakt. The average income tax rate is 96.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Verketan economy, worth 958 trillion Vas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 160,267 Vas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Write-in candidate 'Leader Sucks' is perennially popular, unpopular cops are fired at a moment's notice by the citizens they police, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks, and male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Verketa's national animal is the Daegar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Natural Sciences.

Verketa is ranked 12,113th in the world and 308th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 53.84 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,587thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,645thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,715thMost Influential: 1,927thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,247thMost Pacifist: 2,292ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,319thMost Inclusive: 2,445thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,603rdSafest: 2,684thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,753rdMost Advanced Public Education: 2,989thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,033rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,085thNicest Citizens: 3,135thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,161stMost Developed: 3,203rdMost Cultured: 3,429thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,506thLargest Governments: 4,084thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,141stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,379thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,533rdMost Efficient Economies: 4,623rdSmartest Citizens: 4,710thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,304thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,759thLowest Crime Rates: 6,582ndHealthiest Citizens: 7,615thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,949thTop
Most Income Equality: 9,201stHighest Average Incomes: 10,835thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,124thNudest: 11,164thMost Secular: 11,341stMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,702ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,113thHighest Economic Output: 14,813thBest Weather: 15,753rd
Most Advanced Public Transport: 21st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 26th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 42nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 59th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 62nd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 63rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 63rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 65th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 67th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 71st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 73rd in the regionSafest: 74th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 74th in the regionMost Cultured: 75th in the regionMost Inclusive: 78th in the regionNicest Citizens: 83rd in the regionLargest Governments: 84th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 90th in the regionMost Developed: 92nd in the regionMost Influential: 109th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 121st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 121st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 136th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 137th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 141st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 147th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 155th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 163rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 196th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 203rd in the regionNudest: 213th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 235th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 266th in the regionLargest Populations: 292nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 308th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 337th in the regionMost Secular: 350th in the regionMost Income Equality: 380th in the regionBest Weather: 442nd in the regionMost Stationary: 535th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 551st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Verketa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Foreign Aid Spending.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, male cubicle workers stand up every time a woman enters the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, social networking sites have discussion groups devoted to planning terrorist attacks.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, unpopular cops are fired at a moment's notice by the citizens they police.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, write-in candidate 'Leader Sucks' is perennially popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order.
  • : Verketa endorsed The Armed Republic of The United Neo American Union.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, soylent products are an expensive commodity due to a lack of volunteers.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, party affiliation is just as irrelevant as campaign promises.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings.


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