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The People's Republic of Varayusha

“Strength through Adversity”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Varayusha

Population22.954 billion

CapitalUnderwarren Prime
Leaderthe Underlord
Faithloyalty to the State

Currencytoggle-bolt
Animalicefang

The People's Republic of Varayusha is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Underlord with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 22.954 billion Varayushans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Underwarren Prime. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Varayushan economy, worth an astonishing 16,690 trillion toggle-bolts a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Tourism. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 727,147 toggle-bolts, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags, the nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass", and citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Varayusha's national animal is the icefang, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is loyalty to the State.

Varayusha is ranked 203,038th in the world and 7,852nd in the South Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -21.75 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9thLargest Black Market: 18thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18thMost Subsidized Industry: 27thLargest Governments: 27thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 33rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 38thLowest Crime Rates: 54thMost Advanced Public Education: 60thHighest Average Incomes: 62ndMost Corrupt Governments: 79thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 85thHighest Economic Output: 117thMost Developed: 136thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 142ndLongest Average Lifespans: 157thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 270thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 357thLargest Information Technology Sector: 379thLargest Welfare Programs: 391stMost Beautiful Environments: 445thMost Cultured: 488thMost Efficient Economies: 538thSmartest Citizens: 588thMost Scientifically Advanced: 718thLargest Mining Sector: 809thMost Stationary: 859thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 896thMost Devout: 1,003rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,450thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,073rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,498thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,205thRudest Citizens: 3,757thLargest Populations: 4,485thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,350thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,524thTop
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Most Influential: 11,603rdMost Income Equality: 14,570th
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Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 20th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 23rd in the regionMost Devout: 25th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Populations: 41st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 54th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 69th in the regionMost Inclusive: 75th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 89th in the regionRudest Citizens: 130th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 132nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 212th in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 668th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, new arrivals are asked the location of the Minister of the Interior's birthmark.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, citizens are now allowed to discuss whether The Underlord is the greatest ruler ever or simply the greatest ruler of this generation.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the government builds houses for foreign newcomers.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the government has instituted 'traveller reservations' across the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, Varayusha has one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world.

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