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The Dominion of Upper Virginia

“Freedom and the Hope of Peace”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Western Atlantic


Upper Virginia

Population21.546 billion

LeaderAlex Holmes

CurrencyDominion Sov

The Dominion of Upper Virginia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Alex Holmes with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, anti-smoking policies, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 21.546 billion Upper Virginians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The minute government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Law & Order, with Industry also on the agenda, while Environment and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Courtland. The average income tax rate is 1.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Upper Virginian economy, worth a remarkable 4,318 trillion Dominion Sovs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 200,448 Dominion Sovs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Replacement organs are grown in vats, scenic beaches are now protected by massive concrete walls, coffee-addicted citizens look forward to baristas getting their name wrong at local coffee shops, and drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Upper Virginia's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Upper Virginia is ranked 6,292nd in the world and 2nd in Western Atlantic for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 6,077.76 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Largest Mining Sector: 868thSafest: 1,197thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,253rdLargest Insurance Industry: 1,348thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,450thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,637thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,686thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,831stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,997thHighest Economic Output: 2,136thMost Avoided: 4,113thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,200thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,345thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,937thLargest Populations: 4,938thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,118thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,571stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,292ndHighest Average Incomes: 6,428thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,020thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 9,406thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,075thLowest Crime Rates: 11,193rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,334thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,488thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,369thLargest Retail Industry: 14,549thHealthiest Citizens: 15,950thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,954thMost Devout: 16,922nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the region

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