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The Free Land of Helvena

“Solace through darkness”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Fair
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Wanderswath

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Helvena

Population3.757 billion

CapitalOsta
LeaderSonia Larttaikyrä

Currencyorka
Animalnarwhal

The Free Land of Helvena is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Sonia Larttaikyrä with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, national health service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.757 billion Helvens love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Osta. The average income tax rate is 63.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Helvenic economy, worth 144 trillion orkas a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Furniture Restoration, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 38,330 orkas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

In distant lands the nation is known as a lovely place that was even better in the good old days, parents often leave their kids in the car while they attend mindfulness meditation sessions, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, and old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Helvena's national animal is the narwhal, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Helvena is ranked 10,050th in the world and 1st in Wanderswath for Safest, scoring 119.8 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Safest: 10,050thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,356thTop
10%
Most Pacifist: 10,634thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,497thBest Weather: 11,774thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,149thNicest Citizens: 16,799thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,592ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,494thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,523rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Helvena lodged a message on the Wanderswath Regional Message Board.
  • : Helvena was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Helvena was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Helvena was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments and the Top 10% for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Helvena was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Pacifist and Most Rebellious Youth and the Top 10% for Most Popular Tourist Destinations and Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Helvena was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest.
  • : Helvena applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Following new legislation in Helvena, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones.
  • : Following new legislation in Helvena, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Helvena applied to join the World Assembly.

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