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The Capital of Chateau Varisienne

“Gautaz miž unsis”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Eisenheim


Chateau Varisienne

Population7.95 billion

LeaderHer Imperial Majesty the Empress
FaithGothic Heterodoxy


The Capital of Chateau Varisienne is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Her Imperial Majesty the Empress with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service and zero percent divorce rate. The cynical, devout population of 7.95 billion Goths 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 relatively small, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Law & Order, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Varisienne. The average income tax rate is 16.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Gothic economy, worth 448 trillion thalers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Retail, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 56,439 thalers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Divorce is illegal, Chateau Varisienne has designated Varisienne as its capital city, Her Imperial Majesty the Empress has just been declared ruler of Chateau Varisienne in an international press conference, and Gothic Heterodoxy has been named as Chateau Varisienne's national religion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Chateau Varisienne's national animal is the raven, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities, and its national religion is Gothic Heterodoxy.

Chateau Varisienne is ranked 108,093rd in the world and 1st in Eisenheim for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 1,468.78 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Largest Insurance Industry: 20,772ndMost Authoritarian: 22,295th

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