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The Monolithic Holy Empire of Verdunam

“Through passion and integrity we form a nation” The Divine Joeyus Caesar

Category: Moralistic Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population6.984 billion

LeaderThe Divine Joeyus Caesar
FaithThe Imperial Cult

CurrencyGold Hetzrem

The Monolithic Holy Empire of Verdunam is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Divine Joeyus Caesar with an even hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, ubiquitous missile silos, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 6.984 billion Verduniams are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The large, corrupt, moralistic government prioritizes Defense, with Administration, Education, and Law & Order also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pelum. The average income tax rate is 97.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Verduniam economy, worth a remarkable 1,655 trillion Gold Hetzrems 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 black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 an amazing 237,062 Gold Hetzrems, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, sailors spend their shore leave helping old ladies cross the street, putting a mustache on a banknote is considered defacing a national monument, and light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Verdunam's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Imperial Cult.

Verdunam is ranked 13,550th in the world and 694th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 5,967.05 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Devout: 531stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 889thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,245thMost Influential: 1,270thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,272ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,676thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,006thTop
Largest Black Market: 2,092ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,206thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,404thLowest Crime Rates: 2,641stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,865thLargest Governments: 3,191stLargest Mining Sector: 3,280thHighest Average Incomes: 3,896thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,096thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,598thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,747thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,586thMost Efficient Economies: 6,866thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,902ndLongest Average Lifespans: 7,036thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,344thMost Cultured: 7,564thMost Developed: 8,262ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,263rdHighest Economic Output: 9,470thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,140thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,550thHealthiest Citizens: 13,728thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,751stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 16,490thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,168thSmartest Citizens: 18,048thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,804thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,339th
Most Devout: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 58th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 65th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 80th in the regionLargest Black Market: 80th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 81st in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 96th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 104th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 136th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 142nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 149th in the regionLargest Governments: 165th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 195th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 225th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 229th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 233rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 251st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 291st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 302nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 340th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 370th in the regionMost Cultured: 388th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 412th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 491st in the regionMost Influential: 519th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 527th in the regionMost Stationary: 528th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 609th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 621st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 694th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 696th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 726th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 733rd in the regionLargest Populations: 751st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 796th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 832nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Verdunam was endorsed by The Holy of Abonland.
  • : Verdunam was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Verdunam voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Nuremgard".
  • : Verdunam voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Integrity in Law Enforcement".
  • : Following new legislation in Verdunam, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in Verdunam, putting a mustache on a banknote is considered defacing a national monument.
  • : Following new legislation in Verdunam, sailors spend their shore leave helping old ladies cross the street.
  • : Following new legislation in Verdunam, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines.
  • : Following new legislation in Verdunam, Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused.
  • : Verdunam was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry and the Top 10% for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 196 » Territorio di Nessuno, Shadowrik, Malta Comino Gozo, Great Bights Mum, Wilkshire, Corfad, Sunto, Dar es Saalam, Kwaj, Notyoutopia, The Rhein States, Koda-Land, Shibutani, Siwale, Yaorozu, PlanetPunk, Sundred, Selfgradatude, Holy Oranz, Universal State Formula, Frances Francis the First of France, Pallaith, Wineclaw, Vincone Cae, North Bratislava, United Draconia, Kasazzastan, Former English Colony, Sil Dorsett, The Iron Lions, New Pruessen, Ethnon, Cloydicia, Highton Islands, Unsophisticate, Diodone, El Fiji Grande, Napnomadia, Bearical, Niradans, Abiswashyo-bhumi, The Windmilluminati, Omnistria, Empy, Xentherida, Dreadton, Yukti, Ninjak30, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Guer Aike, and 146 others.Pasargad, Buckerino, Moubarakistan, Atain, The Sinclarian Provinces, Votak Matim, Egalico, Solmetria, Maott, Joodey, Steampunk Ariel, Plangainer, Trillius, Unimaginable Doom, Soviet Terran, Haor Chall, 1 very fast endotarter, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Loutsland, Noahs Second Country, Valhalla123, Astrind, Zumlandia, Kobagia, Glurponia, Orado, Runeda, Daiz, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Octicarg, McMasterdonia, The Stratosphere Islands, Wisconsota, Gnomewatchers, Clan Spaniel, Kranostav, Zecit, PotatoFarmers, Pazair, Seenvorland, Dabarastan, United Kahndaq, Viridiann, Zyvetskistaahn, Interdimensional Zone, Ravendi, Abject Ludicrosity, Valentine Z, Praeceps, Volstokn, Cobleck Weleis, Austral States of America, Fendlium, Hamerica, Tachycardia, Loli County, Merconitonitopia, Kelvaros Prime, Xagill, The New Communist Republic Of States, Yokciq Empire, MiaryBhalzhack, The Endless Eventide, SherpDaWerp in TNP, Ihese, Crader, SORT, Newpromisedland, Antiyard, Varola, Nistriabar, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Unshleepd, Woodsend, Serendipita Martia, New Lakemba, Avastate, The Pantheons, Korovan Isles, Zeternia, Astronomical, Solimun, Westinor, Fauzjhia, The Serdey Islands, Mesopotama, Greater Pittsburgh, Frostcell, Sikol, Saperisole, Zzozona, Prydania, I Like Killing people, Kocherian, Shinjuku tokyo 0, The Calabash Protectorate, Seanat, Libertania Democratica, Brucklania, Arichia, Schnuftelland, New Jamgra, Madjack, Xyrron, Ihsan, Principia Mathematica, Xipher, Kragsgale, Simone Republic, Amerian States, Astal Aavors, Innocentic, Illusia and Neverendia, Ultra777, Andexia, Buckhem, Pokemanland, Solskjar, U S Eh, Heilhum Imperius, Eschatosia, Vathnutum, The Unicrons, Eywaan, Harjad, Therizia, Frahnkzaden, Railroad Crossing, Aerilia, Cosmosplosion, Cretox State, Morover, Nouvelle-Floride, Nuevo Navarre, Glanst, Shizzy, Comfed, Amprak, Elvoreto, Outer Shenendoah, Chips and Guac, Lulubellia, Magna Banitia, Navsland, Hardscrabble, and Abonland.

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