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The Imperial Confederation of New Volta

“Mutatio est consequens”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The Free Nations Region

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New Volta

Population578 million

CurrencyCredit
Animaldove

The Imperial Confederation of New Volta is a huge, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 578 million New Voltans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 31.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong New Voltan economy, worth 40.8 trillion Credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 70,653 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Foundling babies rarely make it off the doorsteps they are abandoned on, nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines, for just a few extra Credits New Voltans can get new driving records with their new cars, and New Volta's army is full of two-metre tall super-soldiers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New Volta's national animal is the dove, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities.

New Volta is ranked 123,086th in the world and 147th in The Free Nations Region for Most Avoided, scoring 2.1 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 9,355thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,904thLargest Retail Industry: 14,739thHighest Drug Use: 18,441st
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 28th in the regionRudest Citizens: 39th in the region

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