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Nudest: 2,988thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,636thMost Authoritarian: 16,813th
The Democratic Republic of
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Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Velem

Population128 million

CurrencyVelemian woolong
AnimalCrocodile icefish

The Democratic Republic of Velem is a very large, safe nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, enforced nudity, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 128 million Velemians 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 32.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Velemian economy, worth 8.29 trillion Velemian woolongs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 64,737 Velemian woolongs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians have seen a significant reduction in followers on their social media accounts, cops shout apologies with every swing of their baton, public nudity is compulsory, and Leader's used car is held together by bumper stickers that support the opposition. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Velem's national animal is the Crocodile icefish, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Velem is ranked 43,193rd in the world and 10th in The Maritimes for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 3,317.06 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Nudest: 2,988thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,636thMost Authoritarian: 16,813thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,444thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,797th
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Most Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Velem was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in Velem, Leader's used car is held together by bumper stickers that support the opposition.
  • : Following new legislation in Velem, public nudity is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Velem, cops shout apologies with every swing of their baton.
  • : Following new legislation in Velem, politicians have seen a significant reduction in followers on their social media accounts.
  • : Following new legislation in Velem, much of Velem's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence.
  • : Following new legislation in Velem, toy versions of heroin paraphernalia let kids pretend to be their favourite TV characters.
  • : Following new legislation in Velem, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in Velem, weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law.
  • : Following new legislation in Velem, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".

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