by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 59th Largest Publishing Industry: 449th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 558th
The Dominion of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Vis Unita Fortior
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population20.207 billion

CapitalExcelsior City
LeaderCole Relander


The Dominion of Valrem is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Cole Relander with an even hand, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 20.207 billion Valremians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, liberal, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Excelsior City. The average income tax rate is 92.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Valremian economy, worth a remarkable 3,621 trillion notes 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 Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Basket Weaving. Average income is an impressive 179,238 notes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech, airplanes have giant grilles on their noses to knock drones out of their path, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking, and satellite images show safe electoral constituencies in complete darkness. Crime is totally unknown. Valrem's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Valrem is ranked 1,250th in the world and 28th in Europe for Most Beautiful Environments, with 3,788.63 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Most Influential: 59thLargest Publishing Industry: 449thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 558thMost Stationary: 1,007thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,017thMost Pacifist: 1,080thSmartest Citizens: 1,115thMost Cultured: 1,172ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,202ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,250thMost Developed: 1,367thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,539thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,556thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,632ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,677thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,895thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,945thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,259thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,267thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,382ndHighest Economic Output: 2,504thNicest Citizens: 2,550thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,956thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,094thSafest: 3,597thMost Inclusive: 4,272ndLargest Governments: 4,610thLargest Populations: 5,103rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,171stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,453rdHighest Drug Use: 5,671stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,673rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,746thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,196thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 7,768thHealthiest Citizens: 7,957thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,006thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,599thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,039thBest Weather: 9,617thMost Income Equality: 10,057thMost Secular: 12,025thNudest: 13,052ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,579thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,640th
Most Stationary: 7th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 25th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26th in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 27th in the regionMost Pacifist: 28th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 28th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 29th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 30th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 30th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 30th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 33rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 35th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 41st in the regionMost Developed: 43rd in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 47th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 49th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 51st in the regionMost Income Equality: 52nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 56th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 57th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 65th in the regionNicest Citizens: 65th in the regionSafest: 68th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 73rd in the regionLargest Governments: 74th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 80th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 85th in the regionNudest: 89th in the region

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