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The People's Republic of Varayusha

“Strength through Adversity”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Varayusha

Population21.327 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 remarkable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 21.327 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, with Education, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda. 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 14,724 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, and Uranium Mining. 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 690,429 toggle-bolts, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary, it's said that the Underlord can turn every pleasure into a chore, and the 'kind of scrawny' 500 meter hurdle is a popular event. 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 94,135th in the world and 3,701st in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 56.1 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rdHighest Poor Incomes: 8thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20thMost Subsidized Industry: 26thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 29thLargest Governments: 29thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 39thLargest Black Market: 45thLowest Crime Rates: 60thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 61stHighest Average Incomes: 63rdMost Corrupt Governments: 70thMost Advanced Public Education: 74thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 127thHighest Economic Output: 129thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 298thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 352ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 404thLargest Welfare Programs: 469thMost Beautiful Environments: 480thMost Cultured: 584thSmartest Citizens: 672ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 763rdLargest Mining Sector: 780thMost Stationary: 912thMost Devout: 944thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,032ndMost Developed: 1,045thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,324thMost Efficient Economies: 1,481stTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 1,887thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,180thMost Inclusive: 2,309thRudest Citizens: 3,333rdLargest Populations: 4,582ndLargest Publishing Industry: 7,162ndTop
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Most Influential: 9,381stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,959thMost Income Equality: 13,109th
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 20th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 26th in the regionMost Devout: 27th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 28th in the regionMost Developed: 30th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 33rd in the regionLargest Populations: 40th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 43rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 59th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 74th in the regionRudest Citizens: 90th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 191st in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 370th in the regionMost Income Equality: 529th in the regionMost Influential: 611th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the 'kind of scrawny' 500 meter hurdle is a popular event.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, it's said that the Underlord can turn every pleasure into a chore.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, children gain their first sex education from reading the dictionary.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the nation is committed to nuclear rearmament.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, Varayushan watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, there's never enough space in space.
  • : Following new legislation in Varayusha, the carbon footprint falls along with the human footprint during war.

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