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The Aristocratic Republic of Verdon

“Forço en Unitat”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
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Regional Influence: Ambassador

Location: The Western Isles



Population13.143 billion



The Aristocratic Republic of Verdon is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and avant-garde cinema. The compassionate population of 13.143 billion Verdonians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Camarga. The average income tax rate is 83.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Verdonian economy, worth 942 trillion Escus a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 71,711 Escus, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Religious education is a new government priority, the comic book series 'Leader and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller, government agents stalk the aisles of grocery stores for out-of-stock medications, and even religious militants can be swayed by the power of #love. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Verdon's national animal is the Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Verdon is ranked 200,539th in the world and 127th in The Western Isles for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.59 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Influential: 540thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,989thTop
Best Weather: 4,079thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,772ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,880thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,088thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,172ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,519thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,954thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,128thMost Stationary: 6,496thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,644thMost Cultured: 9,261stMost Rebellious Youth: 10,163rdMost Inclusive: 10,700thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,792ndNudest: 11,573rdNicest Citizens: 11,709thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 12,882ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,446thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,951stMost Pacifist: 15,364thSmartest Citizens: 16,947thHighest Economic Output: 19,793rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,644thLargest Populations: 21,194thLowest Crime Rates: 21,575th
Most Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionTop
Nudest: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 12th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17th in the regionLargest Populations: 17th in the region

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