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Most Pacifist: 3,195thBest Weather: 4,167thSafest: 4,248th
The United Kingdom of
Democratic Socialists
Today and Tomorrow, we stand together
Queen Catherine
Influence
Envoy
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Volirum

Population5.18 billion

CapitalRotterdam
LeaderQueen Catherine
FaithThe Dutch Reformed Church

CurrencyEuro
AnimalSwan

The United Kingdom of Volirum is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Queen Catherine with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and public floggings. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 5.18 billion Volirumans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rotterdam. The average income tax rate is 88.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Volirumian economy, worth 525 trillion Euros a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 101,353 Euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Third world countries are rich in "I Love Rotterdam" t-shirts, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma, funny-looking kids are stood at the front of the classroom for everybody to point and laugh at, and political satirists and late night comedians weep as the government begins cleaning up its act. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Volirum's national animal is the Swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Dutch Reformed Church.

Volirum is ranked 90,282nd in the world and 32nd in New West Indies for Most Authoritarian, with 703.88 milliStalins.

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Most Pacifist: 3,195thBest Weather: 4,167thSafest: 4,248thNicest Citizens: 4,529thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,555thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,762ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,057thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,444thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,554thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,569thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,791stMost Influential: 6,642ndMost Inclusive: 6,857thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,926thNudest: 6,945thMost Cultured: 7,759thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,833rdLongest Average Lifespans: 7,979thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,083rdLargest Welfare Programs: 8,502ndHealthiest Citizens: 8,795thMost Developed: 8,936thLowest Crime Rates: 9,144thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,341stTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 12,020thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,217thSmartest Citizens: 14,544thLargest Governments: 15,368thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,322ndMost Efficient Economies: 17,905thMost Devout: 19,050thMost Stationary: 20,104thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,219thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,873rd
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Most Stationary: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Volirum, political satirists and late night comedians weep as the government begins cleaning up its act.
  • : Following new legislation in Volirum, funny-looking kids are stood at the front of the classroom for everybody to point and laugh at.
  • : Following new legislation in Volirum, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma.
  • : Following new legislation in Volirum, third world countries are rich in "I Love Rotterdam" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Volirum, the government is making attempts at curtailing the flood of spam emails with little progress.
  • : Volirum was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Volirum, most towns have their Queen Catherine High School located on Queen Catherine Street.
  • : Following new legislation in Volirum, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Volirum, sales of trenchcoats are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Volirum, the best doughnut stores have been taken over by foreign police officers.

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