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The Empire of Verokaivos

“Taxes = big coin”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: The Federation of Grankulla

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Verokaivos

Population2.158 billion

CapitalVeropalatsi

CurrencyMark
AnimalVerokarhu

The Empire of Verokaivos is a massive, cultured nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.158 billion Verokaivosians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Industry, and Education are also considered important, while Spirituality and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Veropalatsi. The average income tax rate is 48.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Verokaivosian economy, worth 266 trillion Marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 123,347 Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Leader has just been declared ruler of Verokaivos in an international press conference, it is illegal to carry an umbrella when the official weather forecast predicts a sunny day, the government spends millions of Marks every year prosecuting spammers, and grazing lands are filled with cattle wearing odd-looking anti-pollution devices. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Verokaivos's national animal is the Verokarhu, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Verokaivos is ranked 32,618th in the world and 1st in The Federation of Grankulla for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,191.39 Tourists Per Hour.

Top
5%
Largest Retail Industry: 8,363rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,627thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,830thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,204thTop
10%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,004thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,865thMost Developed: 17,249thLargest Black Market: 17,694thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,856thMost Secular: 19,283rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 21,161stHighest Average Incomes: 21,289th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Verokaivos was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Verokaivos was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Verokaivos was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Verokaivos's influence in The Federation of Grankulla rose from "Superpower" to "Hermit".
  • : Verokaivos's influence in The Federation of Grankulla rose from "Powerbroker" to "Superpower".
  • : Verokaivos's influence in The Federation of Grankulla rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Verokaivos was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Verokaivos's influence in The Federation of Grankulla fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Verokaivos was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes and the Top 10% for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Verokaivos was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies, Largest Black Market, and Highest Average Incomes.

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