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The Principality of Varotium

“What's already broken cannot break!”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus



Population8.315 billion

LeaderPrince Kharos V


The Principality of Varotium is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prince Kharos V with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, lack of airports, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.315 billion Varotines are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Varotium. The average income tax rate is 97.3%.

The very strong Varotine economy, worth a remarkable 1,035 trillion Varacats a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 124,523 Varacats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is more interested in identifying problems than fixing them, auditors are gutting every governmental department, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés, and Prince Kharos V's speeches are beloved by insomniacs. Crime is totally unknown. Varotium's national animal is the Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Varotium is ranked 155,759th in the world and 5,742nd in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -19.03 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 316thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 357thBest Weather: 584thMost Beautiful Environments: 663rdNicest Citizens: 781stMost Compassionate Citizens: 798thMost Inclusive: 814thLongest Average Lifespans: 911thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 911thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 938thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,185thSafest: 1,219thMost Cultured: 1,419thHealthiest Citizens: 1,563rdTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 1,574thMost Pacifist: 2,075thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,244thSmartest Citizens: 2,407thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,736thMost Influential: 2,794thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,910thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,097thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,853rdLargest Welfare Programs: 4,137thLargest Governments: 4,806thLowest Crime Rates: 6,637thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,042ndMost Subsidized Industry: 7,150thTop
Most Secular: 8,692ndHighest Poor Incomes: 9,287thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,701stHighest Economic Output: 13,868thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,015thMost Developed: 14,302nd
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 25th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 25th in the regionNicest Citizens: 28th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 29th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 52nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 52nd in the regionMost Cultured: 54th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 58th in the regionSafest: 61st in the regionMost Influential: 65th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 77th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 79th in the regionMost Pacifist: 92nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 100th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 120th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 148th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 184th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 189th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 257th in the regionLargest Governments: 263rd in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 395th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 411th in the regionMost Stationary: 450th in the regionMost Secular: 456th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 504th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 527th in the region

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