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The Empire of Volkihaer

“Vae Victis!”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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Volkihaer

Population13.04 billion

CapitalVykral City
LeaderValken
FaithOrdos Violet

CurrencySeptim
Animalrazor spider

The Empire of Volkihaer is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Valken with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 13.04 billion Volkihaerians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order and Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Social Policy are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vykral City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Volkihaerian economy, worth a remarkable 6,097 trillion Septims a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 467,599 Septims, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,167,372 per year while the poor average 60,744, a ratio of 35.7 to 1.

Employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations, prominent cultural symbols are featured on the backs of cereal boxes, and war criminals are given full state funerals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Volkihaer's national animal is the razor spider, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ordos Violet.

Volkihaer is ranked 33,573rd in the world and 1,512th in The North Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Most Corrupt Governments: 110thHighest Disposable Incomes: 140thFattest Citizens: 146thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 172ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 199thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 278thLargest Insurance Industry: 309thHighest Average Incomes: 317thLargest Retail Industry: 318thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 354thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 358thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 379thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 464thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 474thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 527thMost Avoided: 538thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 590thLargest Gambling Industry: 629thLargest Mining Sector: 689thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 859thRudest Citizens: 903rdHighest Economic Output: 1,028thMost Devout: 1,040thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,059thLargest Governments: 1,201stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,211thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,282ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,540thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 1,738thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,761stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,112thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,304thMost Efficient Economies: 3,022ndMost Stationary: 4,064thLargest Black Market: 4,578thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,426thMost Cultured: 6,574thTop
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Most Influential: 9,652ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,488thLargest Populations: 14,449thMost Conservative: 16,760th
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Most Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 5th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 13th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Avoided: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 23rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 25th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 31st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 40th in the regionMost Devout: 47th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 50th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 51st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 53rd in the regionLargest Governments: 58th in the regionRudest Citizens: 62nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 84th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 86th in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 90th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 97th in the regionMost Stationary: 102nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 104th in the regionLargest Black Market: 146th in the regionLargest Populations: 268th in the regionMost Cultured: 313th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 314th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 356th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Volkihaer was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Volkihaer was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Volkihaer was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Volkihaer, war criminals are given full state funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Volkihaer, prominent cultural symbols are featured on the backs of cereal boxes.
  • : Following new legislation in Volkihaer, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • : Following new legislation in Volkihaer, employees are told they can avoid traffic jams by starting work at 4 AM.
  • : Following new legislation in Volkihaer, marijuana is legal in the privacy of your own home.
  • : Following new legislation in Volkihaer, phone taps are frequently carried out by the police.
  • : Following new legislation in Volkihaer, protests are prohibited from blocking traffic.

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