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The United Communes of Verketa

“From The Ashes, We Rise!” Jadah Haeam

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Pacific



Population7.525 billion

CapitalSah Seda
LeaderJadah Haeam
FaithThe Natural Sciences


The United Communes of Verketa is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Jadah Haeam with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.525 billion Verketana 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, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Environment, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sah Seda. The average income tax rate is 97.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Verketan economy, worth a remarkable 1,274 trillion Vas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 169,418 Vas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward, bris parties are all the rage, board shorts have replaced board rooms, and five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Verketa's national animal is the Daegar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Natural Sciences.

Verketa is ranked 4,985th in the world and 125th in the Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 92.36 Years.

Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,433rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,617thMost Pacifist: 1,715thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,843rdMost Inclusive: 1,965thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,080thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 2,222ndSafest: 2,264thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,400thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,473rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,522ndNicest Citizens: 2,695thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,774thMost Developed: 3,045thMost Cultured: 3,077thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,424thLargest Governments: 3,457thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,525thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,572ndSmartest Citizens: 4,004thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,138thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,344thMost Efficient Economies: 4,800thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,985thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,035thLowest Crime Rates: 5,649thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,701stMost Rebellious Youth: 7,200thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,213thHealthiest Citizens: 7,593rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,344thNudest: 9,450thHighest Average Incomes: 9,901stTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 10,530thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,757thMost Secular: 12,637thHighest Economic Output: 12,818thBest Weather: 15,903rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,532ndMost Politically Free: 20,050thHighest Drug Use: 20,883rdMost Income Equality: 20,991st
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 21st in the regionMost Pacifist: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 32nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 35th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 38th in the regionMost Inclusive: 42nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 42nd in the regionSafest: 44th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 46th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 52nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 56th in the regionNicest Citizens: 59th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 61st in the regionMost Cultured: 66th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 73rd in the regionTop
Most Developed: 81st in the regionLargest Governments: 83rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 87th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 97th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 101st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 102nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 104th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 109th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 109th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 121st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 125th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 134th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 145th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 146th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 163rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 187th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 196th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 207th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 235th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 267th in the regionNudest: 275th in the regionLargest Populations: 282nd in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 400th in the regionBest Weather: 422nd in the regionMost Secular: 454th in the regionMost Influential: 473rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 487th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 526th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Verketa was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Verketa was endorsed by The Kingdom of Estakaa.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, board shorts have replaced board rooms.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, bris parties are all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward.
  • : Verketa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Verketa was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, the 'three Rs' have become the 'four Rs' with the addition of Rightful Thought.
  • : Following new legislation in Verketa, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers.


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