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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,024th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,152nd Most Devout: 2,319th
The Nuanced Kingdom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
The end justifies the means
Nuance King Diros
Influence
Enforcer
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Viridus

Population4.712 billion

CapitalVittoria
LeaderNuance King Diros
FaithChristianity

CurrencyViridia Mark
AnimalCat

The Nuanced Kingdom of Viridus is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Nuance King Diros with an iron fist, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, compulsory military service, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.712 billion Viridusians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vittoria. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 55.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Viridusian economy, worth 745 trillion Viridia Marks a year, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 158,116 Viridia Marks, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 524,527 per year while the poor average 35,573, a ratio of 14.7 to 1.

Freighter lifeboats have been replaced by state of the art marker buoys so divers can recover the cargo after they sink, the alarmingly racist TV show 'Bigtopians Say the Darndest Things' is a hit, the police have been known to wiretap confessional boxes, and one-man canoes fitted with the latest tracking technology leave no room for one man. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Viridus's national animal is the Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Christianity.

Viridus is ranked 135,167th in the world and 142nd in Federation of Conservative Nations for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -6.61 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,024thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,152ndMost Devout: 2,319thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,791stMost Avoided: 2,961stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,103rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,115thLargest Black Market: 3,224thMost Influential: 3,344thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,398thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,412thLargest Retail Industry: 3,428thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,843rdLargest Mining Sector: 4,069thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,267thMost Efficient Economies: 7,955thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 10,283rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,718thHighest Average Incomes: 11,229thRudest Citizens: 14,893rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 15,539thLowest Crime Rates: 15,614th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the region

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