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Healthiest Citizens: 498thMost Developed: 625thLargest Publishing Industry: 668th
The Empire of
Democratic Socialists
Non sibi sed patriae
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Velitaris

Population16.988 billion

CapitalKaiserhof
LeaderEmperor Valtteri Mäkinen
FaithImperial Cult

CurrencyReichsmark
AnimalBlack Eagle

The Empire of Velitaris is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Emperor Valtteri Mäkinen with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, humorless population of 16.988 billion Velitarisians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kaiserhof. The average income tax rate is 86.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Velitarisian economy, worth a remarkable 3,308 trillion Reichsmarks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 194,730 Reichsmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, the government defends a woman's right to choose, bins outnumber trees in city parks, and engaged partners detail their fiancés' private lives in detail to prurient bureaucrats. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Velitaris's national animal is the Black Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Imperial Cult.

Velitaris is ranked 151,653rd in the world and 93rd in Eientei Gensokyo for Most Pro-Market, scoring 26.78 on the Rand Index.

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Healthiest Citizens: 498thMost Developed: 625thLargest Publishing Industry: 668thLongest Average Lifespans: 716thMost Cultured: 1,002ndSmartest Citizens: 2,039thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,279thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,216thHighest Economic Output: 3,558thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,968thLowest Crime Rates: 4,530thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,387thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,145thLargest Governments: 6,525thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,777thHighest Average Incomes: 6,813thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,066thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,699thMost Secular: 8,406thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,662ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,100thMost Stationary: 9,266thLargest Populations: 9,349thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,713thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,883rdMost Advanced Public Education: 10,009thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,088thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,274thTop
10%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,877thMost Influential: 14,284thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,431stBest Weather: 16,556thMost Efficient Economies: 16,602ndMost Inclusive: 18,233rdMost Income Equality: 18,944thMost Valuable International Artwork: 19,978th
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Smartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionTop
10%
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Velitaris, engaged partners detail their fiancés' private lives in detail to prurient bureaucrats.
  • : Following new legislation in Velitaris, bins outnumber trees in city parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Velitaris, the government defends a woman's right to choose.
  • : Following new legislation in Velitaris, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.
  • : Velitaris was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Velitaris, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers.
  • : Velitaris was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Velitaris, economists speak of trusting in the Tao of Free Market Capitalism.
  • : Following new legislation in Velitaris, generals have trouble barking orders over the sound of thundering artillery.
  • : Velitaris's influence in Eientei Gensokyo fell from "Duckspeaker" to "Handshaker".

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