by Max Barry

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The Supreme Water States of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Those who stand up after the fall are the true victors.
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population9.513 billion

CapitalVernalfalls City
LeaderKing Urdi


The Supreme Water States of Vernalfalls is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Urdi with a fair hand, and renowned for its absence of drug laws, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic population of 9.513 billion Vernalans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vernalfalls City. The average income tax rate is 63.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Vernalfallsian economy, worth 281 trillion Waterfalls 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 Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Retail, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 29,622 Waterfalls, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt, inheritance tax has recently been abolished, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates, and a large concrete wall is being built around the country's borders. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vernalfalls's national animal is the Frog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Fakism.

Vernalfalls is ranked 69,098th in the world and 3rd in The Meme Must Go On for Most Cultured, scoring 66 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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