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The Empire of Vroengard mk2

“Atra esterni ono thelduin”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms


Vroengard mk2

Population9.952 billion

CapitalDoru Araeba


The Empire of Vroengard mk2 is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Eragon with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, absence of drug laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.952 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 Environment, Education, 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 1,984 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 impressive 199,368 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

One tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause, companies struggle to cover for the hordes of employees on parental leave, and the saying 'break a leg' is now taken literally. 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 169,675th in the world and 5,009th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -32.89 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 68thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 69thLargest Welfare Programs: 89thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 97thMost Beautiful Environments: 244thMost Advanced Public Education: 250thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 254thMost Developed: 268thBest Weather: 273rdLongest Average Lifespans: 325thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 342ndNicest Citizens: 422ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 437thMost Pacifist: 448thHighest Average Tax Rates: 454thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 485thLeast Corrupt Governments: 507thMost Inclusive: 519thMost Cheerful Citizens: 566thHealthiest Citizens: 613thLargest Governments: 720thMost Rebellious Youth: 856thMost Cultured: 875thSafest: 1,210thSmartest Citizens: 1,282ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,550thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,643rdTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 2,118thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,314thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,525thMost Efficient Economies: 4,063rdMost Influential: 4,182ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,797thHighest Economic Output: 6,298thNudest: 6,641stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,591stMost Politically Free: 7,748thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,411thTop
Most Income Equality: 9,314thMost Extreme: 12,092ndMost Stationary: 13,690thHighest Drug Use: 13,966thMost Secular: 14,851st
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Pacifist: 10th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Inclusive: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Cultured: 21st in the regionLargest Governments: 22nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 27th in the regionSafest: 31st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 31st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 41st in the regionMost Influential: 47th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 51st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 53rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 58th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 70th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 92nd in the regionMost Stationary: 128th in the regionNudest: 129th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 148th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 153rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 178th in the regionMost Income Equality: 181st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 200th in the regionMost Politically Free: 250th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 283rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 300th in the regionMost Secular: 357th in the region

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