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Valatic Ash

Population2.745 billion

CapitalMount Ash


The Kingdom of Valatic Ash is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Cassiel with an even hand, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, keen interest in outer space, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 2.745 billion Valatic Ashians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mount Ash. The average income tax rate is 84.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Valatic Ashian economy, worth 274 trillion rubles a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Furniture Restoration, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 100,123 rubles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Literature classes frequently go on field trips to rock concerts, politicians are often seen attending regional history classes at primary schools within their constituencies, 4-year-olds are often found reminiscing about the 'good old days', and being impolite in public is punishable by heavy fines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Valatic Ash's national animal is the tiger, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is None.

Valatic Ash is ranked 192,319th in the world and 8,978th in The North Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -10.32 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 289thMost Influential: 513thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,008thTop
Most Pacifist: 3,020thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,421stMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,962ndNicest Citizens: 4,185thMost Inclusive: 4,919thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,071stSafest: 5,187thHealthiest Citizens: 6,389thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,882ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,495thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,556thBest Weather: 7,838thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,110thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,759thMost Advanced Public Education: 10,028thLowest Crime Rates: 10,173rdTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,392ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,072ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,187thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,598thSmartest Citizens: 13,185thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,190thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,325thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,229thLargest Governments: 16,223rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,568thMost Cultured: 17,496thMost Secular: 18,329thMost Income Equality: 20,051st
Largest Welfare Programs: 156th in the regionMost Influential: 166th in the regionMost Pacifist: 177th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 210th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 211th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 246th in the regionNicest Citizens: 247th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 266th in the regionSafest: 287th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 292nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 308th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 364th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 369th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 393rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 402nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 410th in the regionBest Weather: 427th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 495th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 498th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 506th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 538th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 555th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 614th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 640th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 663rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 692nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 701st in the regionLargest Governments: 777th in the regionMost Cultured: 850th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 857th in the regionMost Secular: 958th in the region

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