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The Free Land of Vylixan Artemis

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Newcomer

Location: The East Pacific


Vylixan Artemis

Population577 million


The Free Land of Vylixan Artemis is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The quiet, industrious population of 577 million Vylixan Artemisians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Environment, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 55.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Vylixan Artemisian economy, worth 21.6 trillion Bows a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Tourism, Trout Farming, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 37,382 Bows, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room, smoking is banned in public areas, it takes all playtime for children to locate their friends among two hundred identical heads, and Vylixan Artemisian police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vylixan Artemis's national animal is the Deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Vylixan Artemis is ranked 170,216th in the world and 7,107th in The East Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 13.76 on the Hayek Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,709thTop
Most Income Equality: 13,618thMost Secular: 22,048th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 58th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 754th in the regionMost Income Equality: 843rd in the region

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