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The Empire of Vroengard mk2

“Atra esterni ono thelduin”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus


Vroengard mk2

Population11.696 billion

CapitalDoru Araeba


The Empire of Vroengard mk2 is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Eragon with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, rampant corporate plagiarism, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.696 billion Riders 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Doru Araeba. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Rider economy, worth a remarkable 2,353 trillion Crowns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 201,202 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation has nearly as many history museums as Riders, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records, no one is worried about government policies any more, and the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene. Crime is totally unknown. Vroengard mk2's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Vroengard mk2 is ranked 204,913th in the world and 7,669th in Lazarus for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.44 Crimes Per Hour.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 68thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 75thLargest Welfare Programs: 91stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 93rdMost Beautiful Environments: 256thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 259thMost Advanced Public Education: 264thBest Weather: 273rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 367thMost Pacifist: 423rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 452ndNicest Citizens: 463rdMost Developed: 464thMost Compassionate Citizens: 469thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 496thLeast Corrupt Governments: 500thLongest Average Lifespans: 530thMost Cheerful Citizens: 580thMost Inclusive: 590thHealthiest Citizens: 647thLargest Governments: 731stMost Rebellious Youth: 842ndMost Cultured: 869thSafest: 1,188thSmartest Citizens: 1,300thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,894thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,164thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,202ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,382ndMost Influential: 5,114thHighest Economic Output: 6,033rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,149thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,000thNudest: 9,077thTop
Most Income Equality: 10,453rdMost Efficient Economies: 11,002ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 13,857thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,054thMost Politically Free: 15,424thMost Secular: 18,079thMost Extreme: 19,425thHighest Drug Use: 20,498th
Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 13th in the regionNicest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 16th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17th in the regionMost Pacifist: 19th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 19th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 21st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 21st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 40th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 43rd in the regionSafest: 64th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 79th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 103rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 116th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 134th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 147th in the regionMost Influential: 163rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 255th in the regionMost Income Equality: 265th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 286th in the regionMost Extreme: 312th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 324th in the regionNudest: 344th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 420th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 485th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 534th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 596th in the region

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