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The Empire of Virdalonja

“My honour is loyalty”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population16.933 billion

LeaderFriederik Hanover


The Empire of Virdalonja is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Friederik Hanover with an even hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, smutty television, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 16.933 billion Virdalonjans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Andros. The average income tax rate is 99.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Virdalonjan economy, worth a remarkable 4,159 trillion Pounds a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 245,643 Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps, wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, and depression sinks in after each election when voters realize they are stuck with these people for years. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Virdalonja's national animal is the Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Virdalonja is ranked 47,141st in the world and 2,309th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,863.96 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Safest: 596thHealthiest Citizens: 638thMost Developed: 653rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 695thLongest Average Lifespans: 757thLargest Governments: 1,011thLowest Crime Rates: 1,045thMost Influential: 1,090thMost Cultured: 1,127thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,165thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,286thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,490thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,501stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,655thBest Weather: 1,679thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,840thTop
Most Stationary: 2,238thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,448thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,480thHighest Economic Output: 2,498thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,534thSmartest Citizens: 2,980thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,127thHighest Average Incomes: 3,536thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,979thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,623rdMost Inclusive: 4,693rdLargest Welfare Programs: 5,502ndLargest Populations: 9,710thTop
Most Secular: 11,508thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,765thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,281stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,439thMost Corrupt Governments: 18,619thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,222nd
Healthiest Citizens: 35th in the regionSafest: 37th in the regionMost Developed: 38th in the regionMost Stationary: 39th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 44th in the regionLargest Governments: 49th in the regionMost Cultured: 52nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 53rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 54th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 61st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 63rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 75th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 90th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 91st in the regionTop
Best Weather: 106th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 118th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 118th in the regionLargest Populations: 122nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 150th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 163rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 176th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 191st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 248th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 280th in the regionMost Inclusive: 296th in the regionMost Influential: 424th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 485th in the regionMost Secular: 643rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 646th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 659th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 674th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 689th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 785th in the regionRudest Citizens: 817th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Virdalonja was endorsed by The Holy of Abonland.
  • : Virdalonja was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Virdalonja was endorsed by The Principality of Ofira.
  • : Following new legislation in Virdalonja, depression sinks in after each election when voters realize they are stuck with these people for years.
  • : Following new legislation in Virdalonja, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause.
  • : Following new legislation in Virdalonja, wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps.
  • : Following new legislation in Virdalonja, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps.
  • : Virdalonja was endorsed by The Most Serene Republic of Lulubellia.
  • : Virdalonja was endorsed by The Dominion of Outer Shenendoah.
  • : Following new legislation in Virdalonja, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 220 » Former English Colony, Yaorozu, Selfgradatude, Great Bights Mum, Wineclaw, Necromonia, Ultima Terra, Notyoutopia, Xentherida, Sunto, Frances Francis the First of France, The Isle of Grossmania, Kelvaros Prime, Unimaginable Doom, Sil Dorsett, French Bananastan, Shadowrik, Holy Oranz, Calamazo, Malta Comino Gozo, Siwale, Panama Coalition, SORT, Pallaith, Cloydicia, Kwaj, Puczovska, Diodone, Yukti, Choistan, Buckerino, The Iron Lions, Moubarakistan, Universal State Formula, Ice and Tinian, PlanetPunk, Corfad, Territorio di Nessuno, Eglise Sainte Eve, Atain, Arimbia, Shibutani, Govornia, Koda-Land, Highton Islands, United Draconia, The Gamer Party, Whereisthatistan, Zeternia, Sundred, and 170 others.Empy, Ethnon, Maott, El Fiji Grande, Kobagia, Wilkshire, Dar es Saalam, The Rhein States, The Most Freedom Ever, New Pruessen, Niradans, United Kahndaq, Vincone Cae, North Bratislava, Omnistria, Kasazzastan, Unsophisticate, Napnomadia, Bearical, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Zokk, The Windmilluminati, Dreadton, Ninjak30, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Guer Aike, Pasargad, The Sinclarian Provinces, Revolutionary Sealand, Votak Matim, Egalico, Solmetria, Joodey, Steampunk Ariel, Plangainer, Haor Chall, Trillius, Soviet Terran, Nakayo, 1 very fast endotarter, Aetulia, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Noahs Second Country, Valhalla123, Loutsland, Astrind, Zumlandia, Orado, Glurponia, Nordic-British Union, Abject Ludicrosity, Runeda, Daiz, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Octicarg, McMasterdonia, Supreme Leader Hadrian, The Stratosphere Islands, Wisconsota, Freyford, Gnomewatchers, Clan Spaniel, Kranostav, Zecit, PotatoFarmers, Pazair, Seenvorland, Dabarastan, Viridiann, Zyvetskistaahn, Interdimensional Zone, Ravendi, Toshavo III, Valentine Z, Volstokn, Cobleck Weleis, Fendlium, Tachycardia, Hamerica, Merconitonitopia, Praeceps, Loli County, Xagill, MiaryBhalzhack, The New Communist Republic Of States, The Endless Eventide, Free Nation of Hong Kong, SherpDaWerp in TNP, Ihese, Crader, Nova Arcania, Prevaland, Newpromisedland, Varola, Nistriabar, Unshleepd, Woodsend, New Lakemba, Schnuftelland, Avastate, Veltania, Aeurithianar, The Pantheons, Korovan Isles, Prydania, Yokciq Empire, Astronomical, Westinor, Fauzjhia, The Serdey Islands, Greater Pittsburgh, Mesopotama, Frostcell, Sikol, Saperisole, Zzozona, Eurasian Foederatio, Upper Britain, Daulatpur, Kocherian, Shinjuku tokyo 0, The Calabash Protectorate, Ofrettia, Seanat, Libertania Democratica, Brucklania, Arichia, The United States of Nuclear Weapons, The Free States of Avalon, New Jamgra, Innocentic, Madjack, Xipher, Simone Republic, Kragsgale, Amerian States, Astal Aavors, Illusia and Neverendia, Ultra777, Principia Mathematica, Andexia, Buckhem, Ihsan, Eschatosia, U S Eh, Hardscrabble, Therizia, Heilhum Imperius, Greater Marysville, Harjad, Cartures, Aerilia, Cretox State, Morover, An Identity Crisis, Nouvelle-Floride, Northern Gulebird, Eywaan, Triado, Aruvicion, Xyrron, Comfed, Amprak, Chips and Guac, Navsland, Rozarus, Outer Shenendoah, Lulubellia, Ofira, and Abonland.

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