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The People's State of Olvaria

“Hail to the People, Hail to the Nation”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Testregionia

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Olvaria

Population20.137 billion

CapitalTruvol
LeaderHigh Chairman Helios
Faithirrelevant

CurrencyTabel
AnimalHurfdog

The People's State of Olvaria is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by High Chairman Helios with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 20.137 billion Olvarians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Truvol. The average income tax rate is 98.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Olvarian economy, worth a remarkable 3,852 trillion Tabels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 191,324 Tabels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

"Idol-Worship for the Apathetic" workshops are cancelled when no-one bothers to show up, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough, and the military has gone fission for more funding. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Olvaria's national animal is the Hurfdog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is irrelevant.

Olvaria is ranked 277,533rd in the world and 35th in Testregionia for Fattest Citizens, with 5.32 Obesity Rate.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 1,671stSafest: 1,688thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,715thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,886thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,126thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,473rdMost Advanced Public Education: 2,643rdMost Developed: 2,684thTop
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Largest Governments: 2,950thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,080thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,824thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,048thSmartest Citizens: 4,629thHealthiest Citizens: 4,863rdMost Cultured: 4,866thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,913thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,976thHighest Food Quality: 4,994thHighest Economic Output: 5,101stHighest Poor Incomes: 5,520thMost Inclusive: 5,617thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,978thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,346thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,918thHighest Average Incomes: 11,684thMost Secular: 12,216thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,852ndMost Patriotic: 13,059thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,142ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,225thTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 15,668thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,598thLargest Populations: 16,669thMost Efficient Economies: 19,584thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,187thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,672ndMost Subsidized Industry: 23,388th
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Most Patriotic: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Olvaria, the military has gone fission for more funding.
  • : Following new legislation in Olvaria, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough.
  • : Following new legislation in Olvaria, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Following new legislation in Olvaria, "Idol-Worship for the Apathetic" workshops are cancelled when no-one bothers to show up.
  • : Following new legislation in Olvaria, news headlines suggest that High Chairman Helios has a sideline in guinea pig pimping.
  • : Olvaria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Olvaria, Olvarian novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about High Chairman Helios.
  • : Following new legislation in Olvaria, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak.
  • : Following new legislation in Olvaria, environmentalists are advocating slash-and-burn in the nation's forests.
  • : Following new legislation in Olvaria, escaped birthday balloons are torpedoed out of the sky.

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